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Is there a comprehensive Bellaire Post?

Thanks for the link.

Mar 30, 2013
WestIndianArchie in Houston

Is there a comprehensive Bellaire Post?

I know about Mala Sichuan, B-10 aka Givral's, but seems since I left Houston years ago, Bellaire really expanded and there are probably 100 restaurants on the strip. I still can spend late nights @ Sinh Sinh and Tan Tan, but I want to check some other things out

Reccs?

WIA

Mar 21, 2013
WestIndianArchie in Houston

What is your favorite Crave cupcake? What "Texan" or locally made grocery store products would you recommend to an out-of-towner?

Ranch Style Beans! Although they are made by Con-Agra, you can't find them in DC. Wolf Brand Chili is another one that's impossible to find in DC, even though I think that's als made by a multi-national agri-food-conglomerate.

Zapp's Potato chips from Louisiana, although individual size bags might be available @ Potbelly.

Bob's Texas Style Potato Chips.
Big Red Soda.

You can get Cafe Du Monde coffee in the Vietnamese complex on US 50 in VA, but the one serving steel filters aren't always easy to find. You can get those @ HK Supermarket here.

Stubb's bbq sauce is nation wide, I could find that @ Giant of all places. Most of the dried chiles can be found in and around Columbia Heights. (as most of your Latin Grocery needs). Super-H Mart and Wegman's in NOVA will handle the rest.

Mar 21, 2013
WestIndianArchie in Houston

Best Place for an Aviation (the cocktail)?

Haven't been back home for too long, wondering if Houston is big on the mixologists/fancy pants mixed drinks.

WIA

Feb 06, 2013
WestIndianArchie in Houston

Can you save Underdone Pork and Chicken?

*checks for health insurance*
*still non-existent*

Well the rest of it gets tossed when I get home.

Thanks C. Hamster

Sep 26, 2012
WestIndianArchie in Home Cooking

Can you save Underdone Pork and Chicken?

A grilling experiment gone awry.

I bought a small grill and chimney this weekend approriate for non Texas dwelling. I got a little ambitious with the menu and made 1) steak with Chimichurri, 2) Spicy Korean Pork Chops, and 3) Chicken (some of you know it as Jerk Chicken)

Steak came out fine. But both the pork and chicken are underdone.

Regrilling is not an option, especially since it's Tuesday and I grilled Sunday.

At my disposal in this infernal corporate housing is

1) an electric stove (but no oven),
2) a microwave.

How can I make my juices run clear? (i'm currently sauteing my chicken as we speak, but le sigh, it's not the same)

Thanks in advance

WIA

Sep 25, 2012
WestIndianArchie in Home Cooking

Any been to A Tavola (Cincy, OH) b/ Good Falafel?

How is A Tavola? I'm really familiar with the NYC/Naples style, which I believe is shooting for the Naples style. I'm looking for some CHAR on the crust, not a wimpy and flavorless "golden brown".

Aside from Donato's, LaRosa's, and Dewey's are there any Pizza recommendations?

back with

Where do I find some good falafel?

thanks in advance,
WIA

Jun 22, 2012
WestIndianArchie in Great Lakes

New in Cincinnati?

Eli's BBQ is probably the best new Cue in town. Since i've been here, i've found that Cincy isn't that big into BBQ or Mexican.

WIA

Jun 13, 2012
WestIndianArchie in Great Lakes

Anyone Tried the $11 grilled cheese @ Fatty Cue?

Thinking of making a trip down to the WV.

Is it better than Melt? Or that one grilled cheese truck?

thanks in advance
WIA

Apr 18, 2012
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

E.19th and Cortelyou Road - Mex Deli - Decent tacos

I had the Al Pastor, Bistec, and Barbacoa. Less than 10 bucks (prolly less than 8)

I wouldn't have mentioned this neighborhood spot, but the Al Pastor had slivers of pineapple in it, which to me is a pretty interesting twist. Back in Austin/Houston, you might see the pineapple on top of the spit/vertical rotisserie, but the pina taste was always faint. The other two were good. All were served with a salsa verde, 2 lime quarters and a helping of sliced radih.

They also had Santa Muerte and Virgen de Guadalupe statues, Mexican Coke, fresh nopales, fresh serranos, fresh tomatillos, dried chiles and lots of the Mexican Standards.

If you're in the area, definitely check them out.

WIA

Momofoku's for a 3rd Anniversary? b/w Garment Center Eats

Question #1

My GF really likes Asian-y food and I've been meaning to try one of D. Chang's spots.

Is it possible to just show up @ 7:00 pm on a Tuesday (at any of their locations, ssam, ko, ma peche, and the other one) and be seated in a reasonable time?

And if it's not possible, what other placese are good for a fun couple that's kinda adventurous

Txikito?
Salt and Fat? (in Queens)

#2

What are good lunch time eats around 35th-39 between 7th and 8th avenue?

Thanks,
WIA

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Txikito
240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Nov 10, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Coming Home for the Weekend

Thanks everybody

Nov 10, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Houston

Coming Home for the Weekend

Live in NYC now but I haven't been in Texas since 07.

Trying to nail down my itinerary

1) Banh Mi - les Givral's or Don Cafe
2) Cajun/Creole/Po Boys - ?
3) Texas Land and Cattle - I really like their smoked sirloin
4) BBQ? Went to school in Austin, so looking more for a Central Texas style and less of the Thelma's/east texas style.
5) Tex Mex or Mex/Mex - something with really good tortillas

I do enough "expense" account eating here, I was wondering what else is new on the ethnic/lower end eats that I can't get in NY.

Recommendations?

Nov 04, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Houston

Ever eaten at Fette Sau?

We've been to a lot of the same places. I wouldn't put fette sau above Rudy's, but definitely above Bill Miller and Luther's.

How does FS compare to Hill Country

Best donut in Manhattan?

I've been going to donut plant 3 times a month for the last 4 months if not longer. A dozen every time for the office. I.ve had all of their flavors at this point.

Are there any alternatives on the east side?

Sep 10, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

pizza in the east 50s

Midtown is a pizza vortex. Most of the pizza is for office worker drones, like myself.

You really should hop on a train a few stops if you want a slice joint. @ 42nd you can go to Guiseppe's on Lex and 39th or Royal on 3rd and 38th. Or down to 14th for Artichoke or Mariella on 16th and 3rd. Or up to Patsy's in E./Spanish Harlem.

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Royal Pizza
592 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Artichoke
328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Mariella Pizza
180 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Patsy's Pizzeria
2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

Giuseppe's
341 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Aug 15, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Best Gelato ANYWHERE - La Cremeria!

^^"I'll try it out on one of my carb days."

haha, exactly what I was thinking! Maybe bike to iL lab first and then over to La Cremeria for a side by side.

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La Cremeria
178 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012

Jul 24, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Best Indian in Manhattan??

What is everyone ordering @ Dhaba? I live 3 blocks from the place, and menu wise it doesn't stand out next to Cinnamon, Pongal, Madras Mahal?, Chennai Garden, Tiffin Wallah, Curry Leaf, Tamba, or Saravanna.

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Saravanaas
81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Tiffin Wallah
127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

Chennai Garden
129 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

Pongal
110 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Madras Mahal
104 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Curry Leaf
99 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Tamba
103 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Jul 22, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Looking for Korean BBQ "Spicy Pork Belly" in Flushing

#3 on this menu from Honey Pig in VA - http://welcome.bz/serv/red/serv.asp

I think it's just regular pork belly marinated in a gochujang mix, but my Korean is a little rusty (i.e. non-existent) so i'm not sure. Out of the 3 or 4 places i've been in Koreatown, I never see it on the menu.

Thanks in Advance,
WIA

Best Pizza Slice in Midtown

Just had 2 today, it's in the take out section which is not easily accessible from the street.

And my pizza @ 11:15 was barely room temperature.

Jul 13, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

What does this phrase mean? [split from Ontario]

Interesting conversation happening north of the border. Not to interject my West Indian living in US sensibilities, but this would really play out differently here.

My immediate thoughts race to things like Meatloaf and Mayonnaise and Eggs Sunny Side up. But you guys seem to be talking about upper class/crust foodie tastes in what's essentially French Cooking with Italian sensibilities - i.e. great techinque with particularly good sourcing.

Most of the top NYC restaurants also play to that sort of thing - French, Italian, Mix both and call it New American, with the occassional nod to a Sushi place.

Shake Shack July 2011 Flavors - Any Must-Haves?

How's the Mud Pie?

Jul 04, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Best Pizza Slice in Midtown

Previti's Pizza on 41st and Lex does an okay slice, I prefer their foccacia slices.

And Royal Pizzeria on 38th and 3rd does a decent slice if it's fresh out of the oven.

Midtown pretty much sucks for slices though, it's not to good for whole pies either.

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Royal Pizza
592 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Previti Pizza
122 E 41st St, New York, NY 10165

Jul 04, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Num Pang Midtown b/w Steve's Ice Cream

Yeah they are.

Jun 30, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Num Pang Midtown b/w Steve's Ice Cream

Num Pang in Midtown is a new Cambodian sandwich place. I'm sure all of you know the history behind the restaurant.

That being said, i've had 6 sandwiches (of 12) @ this point. My rankings

#1 (a) - the Pork Belly - some pretty big hunks of pork belly for 7.75
#1 (b) - Grilled Skirt Steak is also pretty generous, even though it clocks in @ 9 bucks

# 3 Coconut Tiger Shrimp - I was thinking this was going to be outback-ish, but they weren't. I think they were prepared in coconot milk and then dusted with coconut flakes, but don't quote me on that.

#4 - Roasted Salt and Pepper Japanese yam - Surprisingly good for a no-protein sandwich

Tied for 6th - the Grilled Khmer Sausage and the Grilled Spanish Mackerel. The sausage was fine, nothing to write home about. I really wanted to like the Mackerel, but it was tad dry.

I'll prolly knock out the catfish, brisket, chicken breast and maybe the pulled pork before I get something i've already had.

Bolstering all the sandwiches is some pretty hearty bread. And they all come with cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and chili mayo. Sometimes the carrots can make the sandwich a little sweet, but I like them. And all the sandwiches get a boost with the Sriacha.

The fruit salad is served in an unappetizing cardboard container, and the dressing is a tad strong. And for whatever reason I wasn't feeling the Papaya or the Lychee, both of which I buy fresh.

The market pickles (watermelon rind) are definitely designed with the Williamsburg set in mind, but it wasn't for me.

All in all one of the best things to happen to lunch in that area. And for the loc's, the line was long the 1st 2 days, but it's really manageable now. PPL order pretty quickly, and it doesn't take that long to get the sandwich. I wish they could teach all nyc businesses how to manage a line that well.

Steve's - resurrecting the mix in pioneer's name, they opened a spot on 42nd between Madison and ...? it's 4 E. 42nd.

I've never been to Steve's, but I have been to a lot of places that have ripped him off. Namely Houston's Marble Slab and Austin's Amy's Ice Cream. I've also been to a certain national chain whos name I will not utter.

So that's what I was expecting......didn't see a cold slab of anything while i was there. Maybe at some point in the future I can get Haribo Gummi Peaches mashed into my Kombucha sorbet, but it's another dream deferred.

Got there pretty late in the afternoon, but the place was well staffed.

Tried the Salty Caramel and 2 of the berry flavors, and just as I was going to Salty Caramel it up, the young lady ahead of me got the last scoop. I got the Blackberry/Honey which was really good. But they were charging gelato prices for ice cream. 4 bucks for 2 scoops. Do they not realize 31 flavors is on my block?

No ice cream sandwiches available yet, but they did have cookies.

For the interest of science, I went with the Chocolate/Hazelnut/Cardamom - The cashier said there was something "special" about the cookie, but as a West Indian, i'm very mindful of "special" cookies. Turns out it was something else WIA's Dad would have liked, it was Vegan!

And given that I don't ital at all, It was still very good.

thanks for reading,
WIA

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Num Pang Sandwich Shop
140 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

Jun 29, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report - new for the 2011 season [old]

Guineps!

Very Caribbean. I almost died as a kid when the seed got stuck in my throat.

Jun 25, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Grand Central Oyster Bar: for tourists or Lovers of Good Seafood??

The counter service is good for office workers

Jun 25, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

What's on your Summer List?

I already knocked out the Grimaldi @ Limelight.

089 is next for my Manhattan Pizza list.

2. Lunch @ Larb Elee
3. Fatty cue/crab - whatever that restaurant is named on the West Side
4. Probably a D. Chang restaurant for my B-Day
5. Prune for Brunch.

Incidentally, you can get Lemon Ice King of Corona Italian Ice's @ Previti's Pizza on Lex and 41st.

Where are you going this summer?

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Grimaldi's
47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

Jun 16, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Soursop ice cream?

I've had it at Bao Noodles on 2nd and 23rd. They had jackfruit as well. It's real common in Brooklyn, cause we West Indians love soupsop as well.

WIA

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Bao Noodles
391 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10010

May 30, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan

Dinner at The National - just flat out not good

The Lunchtime burger wasn't good either. Makes me wonder about his appearances on Chopped

May 11, 2011
WestIndianArchie in Manhattan