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Looking for Gift-worthy meals/experiences

Hi,

My husband and I will be in Hamilton the week after Christmas (we live in Brooklyn, though he's from Ontario) and since we have willing babysitters, i'm looking for some sort of hound-ish way to spend a night (or day) while we're in the area.

We can certainly travel to Toronto or even further for something truly special... we feel a little spoiled living in NYC, but I would love to come up with something unique to do as a Christmas gift for him. I had heard about some interesting farms that did family-style meals,but i can't seem to find the information again :( and i wish it was the season to do a sugar-shack dining experience, but (as far as i'm aware) it's not :(...

Thanks so much for any ideas you might have...

Nov 28, 2010
SparklieGirl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

To-Go Near(ish) 14th/Mass NW

NYC hounds staying at the Homewood Suites and planning to pick up dinner to eat at the hotel on Thursday night... any suggestions for especially good take-out or interesting stores to buy provisions for an indoor picnic to be enjoyed after our daughter goes to sleep?

Also looking for recommendations for anything special in the area for lunch or dinner. Dinner doesn't need to be child-friendly, but lunch should be :)

Thanks!

Jun 29, 2009
SparklieGirl in Washington DC & Baltimore

St. Jacobs Tips?

Thanks for all the tips! I'll report back when we return!

May 27, 2009
SparklieGirl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

St. Jacobs Tips?

Hi, NYChound heading to St. Jacobs on Thursday with my MIL. Looking for some yummy recs on things to eat there, bring back to the house to prepare (we'll be around for a few days) and some things worth bringing home with us.

I am definitely having an apple fritter :) Any rec's on honey or jam? Does anyone at the market sell good weisswurst?

Thanks!

May 26, 2009
SparklieGirl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

late afternoon lunch in tribeca, soho or west village

We're looking for a good option for a late lunch for 4 for my husband and parents on Sunday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. Just about any cuisine is acceptable, as long as it's not overly spicy (mom) or carb-loaded (dad). Good food is important, availability of reservations would be ideal, and somewhere that's not too crowded or loud would be great. Hoping to spend >$50 per person.

TIA!

Jun 06, 2007
SparklieGirl in Manhattan

Weisswurst in Queens or Brooklyn?

we ended up going to Eagle Provisions -- it was only about 5 minutes off the highway, so it made for a fairly quick detour. we really liked the slab bacon we got and the kraut. we didn't try the weisswurst, so I can't report on them, but they are the karl ehmer ones. the lithuanian rye bread was good, but nothing worth making a special trip. we also picked up some of the smoked kilbasa, and i liked the flavor, but wished we hadn't split & grilled it, as it came out a bit on the dry side. we also tried a poppy bread that i think i saw someone said was good on c'hound, but it didn't really do much for me.

thanks again for so many helpful responses!

Apr 09, 2007
SparklieGirl in Outer Boroughs

Weisswurst in Queens or Brooklyn?

Thanks! The plan is to hit Eagle Provisions on our way out of town -- will they be open until 6? Anything else there that is particularly tasty?

Apr 06, 2007
SparklieGirl in Outer Boroughs

Weisswurst in Queens or Brooklyn?

My grandmother loves weisswurst and i'd love to bring some to her this weekend -- we've made the schlep to Karl Eimer (sp?) in Glendale, but I'd love to find somewhere we can pick them up that is more convenient. We live in Jackson Heights, and are heading to southern jersey, either on the BQE or going through Manhattan if that's easier.

If there's somewhere nearby that also has good rye bread, that would be great as well.

Thanks!

Apr 06, 2007
SparklieGirl in Outer Boroughs

McHale's Replacement

We're hitting a show tonight on 45th/8th and want to get dinner beforehand nearby. If McHale's was still around, that's where we'd go, but alas, it is not. A good burger or steak-frites would be ideal, and somewhere that we can arrive around 6:30 p.m. without a terribly long wait is required. Bonus points if the place has good dessert. It doesn't have to be divey or crazy cheap, but it shouldn't be terribly formal either.

Thanks!

Apr 05, 2007
SparklieGirl in Manhattan

Best Manhattan frozen yogurts?

I enjoyed the fro-yo at Zabars last week -- it was tangy & creamy and a pretty good deal, relatively speaking.

Apr 05, 2007
SparklieGirl in Manhattan

Chinese Cookbooks?

I have "Chinese Cooking for Dummies" and think it's a great choice for beginners. It's written by Martin Yan, and covers the basics very thoroughly while still maintaining a good deal of authenticity. I also appreciated all the history and overviews of the different techniques/styles of Chinese cooking.

Best,
Heather

Mar 07, 2007
SparklieGirl in Home Cooking

Not Inoteca, not Otto, but...

We've got friends coming in from out of town on Friday and we'd like to take them somewhere new -- they really enjoyed Otto and 'Inoteca the last time they visited, so we were thinking something in the same vein. I called Lupa, but they're booked solid (though we might still try to do a walk-in). Any neighborhood is fine and Italian would be ideal. We're definitely hoping for the chance to share a lot of dishes amongst ourselves and we'd prefer to have a leisurely meal where we can dine and chat (not that it needs to be super quiet or anything).

Thanks!

SparklieGirl & Danoots

Feb 20, 2007
SparklieGirl in Manhattan

Changes in the Jackson Heights low 80s

I haven't tried the restaurants, but I have been to the expanded Natural Foods store. I didn't buy a ton of things, because I think the prices are a bit high (though I don't mind paying a bit more than Whole Foods for the convenience), but I was very pleased to see the bulk offerings in the back of the store (beans, oatmeal, spices, etc.). I bought some organic oatmeal ($1/lb) and was happy with it -- I don't know how that price compares, but it seemed reasonable to me. I did buy a few bags of frozen fruit, and was disappointed to find that there was tons of ice among the fruit. It may have been just from starting up, but it seemed as if they had let the packaged defrost and refroze them. For $4.50 a bag, I wasn't impressed.

Jan 17, 2007
SparklieGirl in Outer Boroughs

Good Cheap Eats in Midtown East

I'd also suggest Grand Sichuan on 52ndish and 2nd Avenue.

Dec 19, 2006
SparklieGirl in Manhattan

Great Wealth - Hopeful About Chinese Takeout in JH

After endless disappointment with the numerous chinese take-out joints around here, I was tipped off that Great Wealth (in Elmhurst) will deliver to Jackson Heights. The tip included the fact that it was tough to communicate with them in English (& sometimes even in Cantonese) so we went over last weekend to get some take-away and pick up a menu for delivery.

Overall, Great Wealth is more on par with the Cantonese places I've encountered in Manhattan's Chinatown than your typical American-style Chinese take-out joint, but IMO, that's all the better.

Our order:
Steamed Pork Buns ($3.50 for 6) -- these were tasty, but most of the soup had drained out before we got to have them at home :(
Pan Fried Noodles with Beef ($6.50) -- they were out of the broad noodles for chow fun, and suggested this instead... we were pleasantly surprised. The sauce was tasty, and the beef was a step-up from the typically chewy beef I encounter a lot at Chinese restaurants.
Broccoli w/Garlic Sauce ($6.50) -- nicely sauced (not that gloopy garlic sauce we normally get) and the broccoli spears were crisp

We haven't tried delivery yet, but armed with the menu and knowing that they seem to prefer you to tell them the numbers on the menu rather than the names of the dishes (this is what happened when we ordered at the restaurant), we're looking forward to trying it and will report back after we do. They did confirm that they would deliver to us (we live on 35th Ave/88th Street).

Great Wealth
81-25 Broadway
718-779-3330

Aug 11, 2006
SparklieGirl in Outer Boroughs

RW Reservation Available

I have a reservation for restaurant week lunch tomorrow (Mon, 7/10) at DB Bistro Moderne for 2 at 1:15 that I am going to cancel -- if someone would like it, let me know and you can have it.

Best,
SparklieGirl

Jul 09, 2006
SparklieGirl in Manhattan

Peruvian in Queens

We had something like that at El Sol on Northern Blvd/89th... basically the big peruvian corn kernels fried up with lots of salt. They just brought a little bowl of them out to us while we were having our dinner. It was actually a highlight of our meal there -- the pisco sours were also quite good. We may have misordered, but we got the ceviche, and thought it was *too* tangy and the calamari were unpleasantly chewy. We also had the jalea, which again had the chewy calamari and a couple of other unmemorable dishes.

For Peruvian we tend to go to Pio Pio, though I've never seen cacha there and we also are fans of the ceviche from La Pollada de Laura.

On an aside, I thought i saw a recipe for something that sounded like the peruvian corn kernels in the Times last week.

Best,
SparklieGirl

Jun 26, 2006
SparklieGirl in Outer Boroughs