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The Orient Bethpage

I find that most restaurants these days allow you to bring wine, and if you are really a wine drinker, it is not about being cheap, but drinking what you like. There is nothing worse that looking at a wine list and seeing the wines that you have in your cellar being sold for $250 and up per bottle.

I don't ask if we can bring our own wine, I call and ask "What's your corkage fee?" I think maybe once someone said they don't allow it.

Need a vegan restaurant on Long Island

Don't be too quick to recommend vegetarian restaurants or choices. My nephew is vegan, and I usually make certain things vegan for him when he comes over, and one of the hidden items in a dish, which is vegetarian, although not vegan, is butter. I was going to recommend an Indian Vegetarian restaurant, but then realized that they generally use a lot of ghee, which is clarified butter, so definitely not vegan.

One more thing, there is a vegan bakery now in Williston Park, why not call them and ask them if they know of something.

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

Someone mentioned being jealous of the neighbors across the street. I grew up in a kosher home, and we always wanted TV dinners, Chef-boy-ar-dee, Rice-a-roni, you name it, anything that was advertised on TV. Hamburger Helper I believe was a little later on, but definitely wanted that too. Kids like what they like.

A perfect example is a story my husband tells of his youth. They were visiting relatives, and came home raving about the tomato sauce they had over spaghetti. When my mother-in-law called her cousin to find out how she made her tomato sauce, she told her it was Campbell's tomato soup.

Mar 02, 2015
robinsilver in Not About Food

Another question re: places to eat in Nola . . .

They have a great lunch on Saturdays at Bayona. It's a 3 course for $25, and if you have nice weather you can eat out in the garden.

Feb 26, 2015
robinsilver in New Orleans

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

Not sure if you can do anything about your husband, but I agree that the kids might grow into it, you will be surprised how their tastes can changed. My sons are now 26 & 29. When they were little, their diet was very limited. My 26 year old didn't even eat meat until he was 17, now could eat a pound of steak without question, loves lamb chops, and has eaten everything from ostrich to oxtail stew. We used to say he was on the "P" diet, pasta, peanut butter and pop-tarts. Kraft mac & cheese from the box was his thing. He used to tell my mother that he didn't like her home made chicken nuggets because they had too much of the white stuff in them (yes, the chicken). I was thrilled when he ate a chicken nugget kids meal at McDonald's. My 29 year old now loves to go to every trendy restaurant in Manhattan.

Feb 26, 2015
robinsilver in Not About Food

Root

I just returned from a weekend trip to New Orleans for a family wedding, and just had to give a shout out to Root, who catered the event. Never have I had food at a wedding that came anywhere near what was served here. There were over 100 people, and Root's staff set up stations with all sorts of interesting offerings combining innovative tastes experiences for all. On my next trip to New Orleans, I will certainly dine at their restaurant.

The Orient Bethpage

Gastronomos, I am sorry I misspelled your name, so did you purposely misspell mine, or just a coincidence? Just kidding, don't take me seriously on that.
I don't know anything about a "special cart", and you don't always get everything, and sometimes have to wait things out because they have such a variety that if you order one of everything you will wear yourself out very quickly. Pacing is key with dim sum, but going solo is probably not the best idea. You can always try to turn your indifferent friends into Chowhounders by introducing them to something very different.

At Chipotle, How Many Calories Do People Really Eat?

If you look at any fast food restaurant, you are going to find that most people end up consuming at least 1000 calories. Even at Season's 52, which you have to admit are very small portions, you can easily order items that total close to 1000, or even more if you have an appetizer, main, and dessert.
What would surprise you the most with tracking for any eating plan, whether it be the points for Weight Watchers, or calories, just how much it is so easy to consume if you were paying attention. It's also easy to forget what could be considered hidden calories like butter, oil, or cream, when thinking you picked a healthy option. Add in a cocktail and glass of wine, you have just added 350-300 calories.
Just a funny little anecdote to add to this discussion, when they first started adding calories to menus, I was at a NYC airport, and the Starbucks had my seasonal favorite, a pumpkin latte. I saw 310 next to it, and said to myself, "Are they pricing it in Euros now or something?" then I realized that no, that was the calories. I stopped ordering the pumpkin latte now.

Feb 18, 2015
robinsilver in Food Media & News

Dinner in the Theater District: Special occasion but not too fancy

I sometimes pick restaurants for pre-theater that are closer to the theater I am attending, as it can be anywhere from 42nd to 54th. As far as a fancy top and a nice pair of jeans, you can probably get away with that anywhere.

I agree with DB Bistro, my favorite for pre-theater. Another one I like a lot is Becco, and they have a great list of $25 bottles of wine.

Feb 17, 2015
robinsilver in Manhattan

Dinner in Manhattan for memorable occasion, but not $$$$$$$$

So sorry for your loss, I can only imagine what this weekend will be for you, especially being within your age range, with sons in their 20's as well.

I will admit that I only went for brunch, but would definitely not include Robert in that list. There are so many others.

What about a very nice lunch at Jean Georges. Their 3 course is $42 I believe, and that's not a restaurant week deal.

In Manhattan, it is definitely an embarrassment of riches when it comes to restaurant choices, and everyone has their favorites. If you want something after the theater, I love DB Bistro. There are plenty of good pre or post theater restaurants, but one that is recommended on this board that I don't recommend is Trattoria Tre Colore.

If you want a nice brunch or lunch near your hotel, I like Artisanal, which is relatively close by.

Feb 17, 2015
robinsilver in Manhattan

Please help a new mom cook healthier! I need some inspiration

Maybe I am not one to talk, seeing as it took me about 25 years to lose my baby weight, but in all seriousness, look into Weight Watchers. Their plan is very balanced and healthy, and you can get ideas from a leader, other members, or even from the message boards on their website.

One thing that no one has mentioned is roasting. Any kind of veggies or potatoes, tossed in a small amount of olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and anything else you might like, cooked in a 375-400 degree over for about 30 minutes (I have convection, so it's hard to get regular timing right), is great and healthy. For your protein, you can bake, roast, stir fry, whatever you would like. Brown rice takes longer to cook, but if you are home with the baby, that shouldn't be a problem. You can also do quinoa, buckwheat groats, also known as kasha, barley, lots of healthy grains are possible.

If you live near a Trader Joes, try using some of their things as a short cut. They have turkey meatballs that can be put into sauce, and served over pasta. Just watch how much pasta you eat.

As far as take-out goes, ask for things the way you want them to keep calories down, grilled or sauteed instead of fried, for example. Steamed with sauce on the side. Also, you don't have to have more than 1 slice of pizza. It took me a long time to realize that. I now usually have 1 slice with a salad. I don't care that I pay a little extra to have my local pizza place give it to me, but I order a side salad.

Not sure how much of this baby weight you have to lose, but by the time I started to lose, I had 85 lbs. You can do it, no matter what you have to lose.

Feb 17, 2015
robinsilver in Home Cooking
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The Orient Bethpage

I prefer Orient, I think they have more variety, and it if there is something you want that they are missing, you can usually ask for it. The one thing that Fortune Wheel sometimes has, that I have never seen at Orient, is snails in black bean sauce.
Sorry I didn't say AM, but I also never heard of going to dim sum at night. We started going in Chinatown many years ago (I would say at least 30, maybe more), and it was always a late morning, early afternoon thing.
Orient is open from 11 AM - 3 PM, then opens again at 5 PM. We noticed that yesterday, so thought I would mention it.

The Orient Bethpage

We were there a little after 11, and it was relatively empty. When we left at about 12:15, there were a few people waiting, not many. We find that if we go either there, or to Fortune Wheel, which is also good but bigger and the staff is not as accommodating, if we get there by 11:30 it's easy to get a table. If we go with a large group, so that we need a bigger table, we try to get there closer to 11.

The Orient Bethpage

I was going to start a new thread about The Orient for dim sum, just to give it a new shout out, but decided to search old threads first, and lo and behold, it was Gastronimus who posted here the last time, just about a year ago.
Seeing as we gave up going out for Valentine's Day a few years ago, finally after about 40 years, dinner was definitely out. However, being a Saturday, I decided we should go for dim sum, and lately The Orient has been our place of choice on those rare occasions we do go. It certainly did not disappoint.
For all of you who might be inclined to go to Flushing or Chinatown to get "authentic dim sum", you can certainly go to the Orient for an excellent fix. They had a fabulous assortment today, on carts, some getting carried around on trays, and you can always ask for something that you see on their menu that they are not passing around. There is no such thing as an "authentic cart" here. You can get anything from chicken feet and tripe, to steamed or baked pork buns, fried rice (made with chinese sausage). The assortment tends to lean more towards seafood, if anything, so someone like my nephew who doesn't like shrimp might not have quite as much to choose, but today there were lots of standouts. Fried baby squid was light and flavorful, even clams in black bean sauce eventually came out.

Also, we realized that, seeing as there were 2 of us, we didn't really have to eat everything on each plate, and could bring things home. We set things aside, and asked for take-out containers at the end, which they gladly provided.

So, Gastronimus, what did you think of it?

Breakfast and Lunch suggestions for a group of women

How about making a poached salmon with fruit salsa (mango, pineapple, whatever)? I poach a large salmon filet in the oven. Put it in a jelly roll pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, put in enough water to come up the sides of the salmon, but not cover it. I cooks in about 25 minutes, and can be served cold. You can also use dill sauce, mustard sauce, horseradish sauce. I do this for a crowd very often.

Feb 07, 2015
robinsilver in Home Cooking

Jamaican on Long Island

Have you ever tried Island Jerk in North Babylon? It's near the Deer Park outlet mall. I bought take out from there one day when I was out at the mall. Enjoyed it.

Roosevelt Field Dining District

If you look at the names of the restaurants, you can see that Taco Bell and Wendy's are among them. Not sure that I would call that improvement. However, I do love Capital Grille, and Houston's even has some good things, including wines by the glass such as Prisoner.
If you go down the road a bit, Tocolo Cantina opened in The Gallery at Westbury Plaza, a few doors down from Trader Joe's, and got quite a good review by Peter Gianotti.
I am sorry to say though, that just below that review in Newsday, Erica Marcus really panned one of my previously favorite restaurants, Coolfish in Syosset. I haven't been in a while, but this cemented the fact that I should ever go again.

Family Restaurant - Nassau County

I would not consider Trattoria Diane's to be a family type of place. There are others that are more family oriented, nor would I consider Piccolo in Mineola, but both mainly because they are small, so even when kids are well behaved, people will probably stare at you because any group of 8 or so people will be louder than a small group, so you would feel uncomfortable. We used to go to Pirandello in Roslyn with our kids and another family when they were younger. They have a large assortment of pasta dishes that would usually satisfy the kids, and they also have a wide variety of main dishes and specials that can be excellent. Also not ridiculously expensive.

The only thing that really makes me question your opinions is your comment about Cracker Barrel. Yes, they are great for breakfast, but the rest of their food? I would go with something like Cozymel's any time over that. Another chain that I think has surprisingly good Italian food is Bertucci's, and the kids can have pizza.

If you want something more American food-wise, what about Mim's in Roslyn, or Cedar Creek in Glen Cove? Mim's has a kid's menu, has assorted salads, sandwiches, burgers, and all sorts of main courses, and having 2 families there dining wouldn't be at all unusual.

Newport Beach dinner recs

When looking at the menus, it doesn't seem that Wildfish is any more expensive than Gulfstream. I guess what turns me off more, although maybe shouldn't be a real turn-off, is that there is a Houston's near my house that I just count on as a place for a less upscale business lunch, or a bit better than a Friday's as a chain.

Jan 16, 2015
robinsilver in Los Angeles Area

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

Haven't checked this for a few days, but am happy to give some tips I picked up along the way. I had applied to be a leader last year, but I have a job with flexibility, but they want leaders to start out as receptionists, and that wasn't something I could do. I have spoken at meetings though. If you have any specific questions, I am happy to answer.
When I started again, and people noticed me losing, they asked why it worked now, I said it was the free fruit! Just joking of course, but that was when fruit became zero points, so I figured why not. The reality was, switching my 100 calorie packs for a fruit was a big help. The other thing I did was to track online. Whether it was with my phone, ipad or laptop, I could track anywhere. If I tracked, and tracked honestly, or close to honestly, I lost. Some of the things that my leader used to say really stuck with me. One of the times was when she talked about how if we went over our 26 points because we were at a party, or whatever, we would just tell ourselves that we were putting it towards our extra 49. She said "How many times a week are you going to use your 49?"

Jan 13, 2015
robinsilver in Home Cooking
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Newport Beach dinner recs

Yes, sorry, it was Wildfish. Sounds like a good endorsement.
Would love a wine bargain, but we won't be there on a Monday night. I was trying to look at The Quiet Woman wine list online, but it didn't seem to be working.

Jan 13, 2015
robinsilver in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach dinner recs

The Quiet Woman looks good to for an alternative to seafood. Especially if the wine list is reasonable. Our friends always want wine, but then balk at paying more. I only hate to pay because it is usually for a bottle we have in our cellar. At home I am happy to pay corkage.
I might be re-thinking my idea of asking for something more reasonable. 2 restaurants seem to come up, so please give me your opinions. They are Maestro's, and Wildfire Grille.

Jan 13, 2015
robinsilver in Los Angeles Area

Best Chicken Pot Pie Nassau County ??

The thing about buying prepared foods anywhere, be it Chicken Pot Pie or any other thing that a place like Iavarrone, North Shore Farms, Kitchen Kabaret, Guiseppe's, you name it, sells, is that you are doing it for convenience, and it is never going to taste like it does when you make it yourself. My husband (who you know Jim from way back, I think it was through either BBQNYC, or possibly even the Compuserve Wine Forum), loves chicken pot pie, and seeing as I love to cook, but not if I had a hard day at work, I have bought many of these. He eats them and doesn't complain. Some are better than others. I shop at North Shore Farms regularly, and their pot pie is one of my go to picks for him. My mother has recommended the chicken pot pie that Roslyn Kosher Foods sells. Haven't tried that yet, but will have to one day and will report.

On another note, Erica, the new Indian place Delhi6, that opened in New Hyde Park where the Fiza Family Diner used to be, is nowhere near as good.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

I logged on here for something else, but when I saw this, I just had to skim and post. I started WW 4 years ago, and lost 85 lbs. I have gained back about 15, and am re-committing now. I know that tracking is what really works, and it is a life-style change. However, even changing your life-style, and not eating at all like you used to, it is so hard to maintain a goal weight for many of us, especially when we are foodies. Not to mention the wine. Valerie, because of your wine comment, I will relate a story.

The WW leader who works with the celebrities like Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson is from NY, so she sometimes speaks at the local centers. I went to hear her, and she is fantastic, BTW, and someone asked what gives her trouble. She talked about how her and her husband are wine drinkers. She would decide to have 2 glasses, then he would say, Oh let's just finish the bottle. After hearing that, I went home and thought about it and realized this (for those of us who will not re-cork our wine), "It costs me the same to throw it out as to eat it.". this can really be applied to everything. We can all admit that we sometimes eat when we are really full because we don't want to throw out the food. Whether it's extra on our plate at a restaurant, or what the kids left over on their plate. At a restaurant, if there is not enough to bring home, let them take it away. You paid for it already, the money is gone, so just let them take it.

Newport Beach dinner recs

We will be in Newport Beach for a conference at the end of January. We have a bunch of friends who will be there as well, so usually go with group of 6 or 8 for dinner. Any recommendations for places with very good food, but not necessarily the most high end. Some won't pay, so like to keep it a bit more reasonable.

Jan 07, 2015
robinsilver in Los Angeles Area

Special Occasion Recommendation - Nassau County/Western Suffolk

Thanks for confirming that Limani still has terrible service. I remember when they first opened. After asking for more water 4 times (and we ordered expensive food and 2 bottles of wine for a table of 4, so we weren't cheaping out), I gave up. Could not believe that at their prices the service could be so awful.

Special Occasion Recommendation - Nassau County/Western Suffolk

La Marmite in Williston Park would probably qualify as a "really nice restaurant". The ambiance would certainly meet the expectations of the age group. It's been consistently reviewed at the top for close to 40 years.

Some other classics are La Coquille in Manhasset, or Jolly Fisherman in Roslyn.

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

If you pick carefully, there are good things to get at most of these bed restaurants. The Asian chicken salad at Friday's, the dessert pizzas at Papa John's, that kind of thing. My husband has a thing for White Castle, but only probably has it as a nostalgia thing once every few years.
Olive Garden is probably firstbon my list of bad, and the horror of it, they are now being accused of giving the diners too many breadsticks so they are losing money. Maybe if they imrpoved their food they wouldn't be losing money!

Sep 20, 2014
robinsilver in Features

Mrs Wilkes, Savannah?

I read something recently about LJ's Soulfood, anyone been there? We will have a car, so if it is not walkable, we will drive.
Also, if anyone has ever done any of the trolley or ghost tours, any thoughts on a company?

Sep 20, 2014
robinsilver in Southeast

Mrs Wilkes, Savannah?

Every year I go with a bunch of girlfriends on a long weekend somewhere. This year it will be 3 nights in Savannah. A few years ago we had the best fried chicken ever at Gus' in Memphis, and would love to find fried chicken we would like as much. If you think it's really worth waiting at Mrs. Wilkes, we would do it. Talking to others in line would be perfect for us, as we are known as the "yentas".
Suggestions for other restaurants would also be great. We will be arriving on October 30th, leaving on Nov 2nd. Our day for fried chicken might be Halloween, so that is either better or worse, who knows.

Sep 03, 2014
robinsilver in Southeast