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What is the worst thing you've been served and ate?

ruben bundles, corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut & russian dressing encased in a store bought pastry dough & baked

a drippy & disgusting hot mess.

Jun 06, 2011
ericalloyd in Not About Food

NEW Thread: Where is the best First Date spot in NYC???

^^^ lovely story :-)

May 18, 2011
ericalloyd in Manhattan

Good pizza and Italian take out that delivers in financial district

pizza italia on stone st makes an excellent grandma pie

Mar 18, 2011
ericalloyd in Manhattan

Rainbow Cookie Birthday Cake???

i know of an italian bakery in bensonhurst that has delish rainbow cookie cakes: villabate alba on 18th ave

Mar 18, 2011
ericalloyd in Manhattan

i want to surprise the hubby with a great single malt for christmas

he loved it ... i think he was a little confused at first because it was actually from the macallan distillery but the box said gordon & mcphail ... once he tasted it, he really just loved it, so thank you for the suggestion.

Jan 03, 2011
ericalloyd in Spirits

i want to surprise the hubby with a great single malt for christmas

well after some consideration i went with the speymalt macallan 1970 37 year old. thanks for your suggestions.

Dec 21, 2010
ericalloyd in Spirits

i want to surprise the hubby with a great single malt for christmas

he likes the macallen 18 sherry oak i bought him last year. he likes the smoky/peaty flavor. any suggestion as to what i can knock his socks off with this year? my budget is $300.

thanks in advance!

Dec 16, 2010
ericalloyd in Spirits

Good eats in/near Dyker Heights Holiday lights

unfortunately, tanoreen is no longer byob ... they have a full bar now. but the food is still mighty good!

Dec 02, 2010
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

St. John's Cemetery in Queens

dee's on metropolitan ave in forest hills.

Nov 09, 2010
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Suggestions for 60th Anniversary - Italian - Brooklyn

not brooklyn but not too far is parkside in corona queens ... ask for the marilyn monroe room which upstairs from the main part of the restaurant ... more than appropriate for the type of celebration you are having.

Oct 07, 2010
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

GOOD Jewish Bakery in Brooklyn???

boy oh boy do i miss shloime & deutsch bakery on 86th st in bensonhurst

Mar 22, 2010
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

g&ts are wonderful with q tonic water ... it's not too sweet ... made with agave nectar ...

Jan 22, 2010
ericalloyd in Spirits

best italian rainbow cookies?

catalanos bakery on metropolitan ave in middle village queens. baked on the premises. very moist with an almond flavor. melt in your mouth good.

Dec 15, 2009
ericalloyd in Manhattan

where do you buy olives?

colombos produce market on metropolitan avenue in middle village recently put in an olive bar. the large green olives in garlic are plump, meaty, fresh & delicious.

Dec 03, 2009
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Anyone know where to get small pumpkins?

don't know where you are but i saw some the other day at colombo's [produce market & italian specialty items] on metropolitan avenue in middle village in queens.

Nov 12, 2009
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Park Side Corona-An Oldie but Goodie

great baked clams. they have their own homemade red wine and it's served chilled. the large, open dining room is very dated [decor-wise] but comfortable. attentive waitstaff.

Oct 08, 2009
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Philadelphia restaurant dishes that you dream about

italian tuna & veggie hoagies from chickie's deli

Sep 15, 2009
ericalloyd in Philadelphia

So much for Arthur Ave.. where's the Italian??

i agree with yussdov that in queens, uvarara on metropoiitan ave in middle village and la tavernetta on metropolitan ave in forest hills may have just the kind of italian food you seek. also in queens you may want to try trattoria l'incontro in astoria. i know you've had a bad experience on arthur ave, but have you given roberto's a try?

Sep 14, 2009
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Reccomended restaurants that accept certificates

i've used them at ben's best kosher deli on queens blvd in rego park and cono's italian in williamsburg. i have one for tu casa [peruvian] on metropolitan in kew gardens but haven't used it yet.

Sep 10, 2009
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Who has the best hot sopressata in Manhattan?

try buon italia in chelsea market

Sep 03, 2009
ericalloyd in Manhattan

Is the Phoenix the best bet for an anniversary dinner in the Mt Tremper/ woodstock area?

Do you eat like a pig but stay skinny?

don’t i wish! i’m 5’7” and most comfortable between 105-110. i’m a 45 year old female and it takes every bit of self-control i can muster as my favorite foods are pizza, pasta & bread!

Aug 28, 2009
ericalloyd in Not About Food

best margaritas

brklynbobby, i know you did not ask but may i suggest that instead of simple syrup you use agave nectar. it's not quite as sweet as sugar and made from the same plant as tequila.

Aug 28, 2009
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Mediterranean Whole Fish

taverna kyclades and philoxenia in astoria, queens

Aug 20, 2009
ericalloyd in Manhattan


amy's bread in chelsea market makes a great square challah which is perfect for french toast.

Feb 09, 2009
ericalloyd in Manhattan


check the manhattan fruit exchange in the chelsea market

Nov 10, 2008
ericalloyd in Manhattan

Louie and Ernie's Pizzeria

totally agree. the husband and i love this place for it's neighborhood feel, friendly service and great food. we love their regular slice. thin crust with a nice bit of char, tasty sauce, not too much mozz and just the right amount of oregano. i've had their white slice and while delicious, is just too much cheese for me. and, their eggplant & broccoli rabe calzones are tdf.

Sep 08, 2008
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

1 day in Bensonhurst, what's not to be missed?

l&b for sicilian slices & spumoni
john's deli for italian heros

L&B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

John's Deli
2033 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Sep 05, 2008
ericalloyd in Outer Boroughs

Hudson Valley Adventures

some recommendations for good food in ulster county:

miss lucy's kitchen on partition st in saugerties for local seasonal fare.

the little bear in bearsville [just outside of woodstock] for casual chinese. get a table on the patio with a view of the stream.

near the little bear is the bear cafe. new american fare also with a focus on local seasonal ingredients.

chefs on fire in high falls. beneath the depuy canal house. pizzas and sandwiches. funky rustic atmosphere.

all have sample menus online.

woodstock, saugerties and high falls are great towns to meander around in and there are fabulous hiking trails along route 44/55 in the mohonk preserve and minnewaska state park.

in sullivan county:

not chow related but since you are in the area you may wish to take a trip to the bethel woods center for the arts for a look at the new woodstock museum.


buffalo area recommendations please

reporting back as promised ... went to fiamma steak. i'm not a food critic so please bear with me. we were a party of four adults, seated upstairs which was nice and quiet so we were able to converse without noise from the downstairs bar. we shared appetizers: jumbo asparagus, baked clams and a small lump crabmeat salad. entrees: my husband had this special fred flintstone chop which he could not finish. he was undoubtedly full from the ted's footlong and fries he scarfed earlier in the day. unable to recall what kind of small serving of white fleshed fish i had, but it was tasty. my daughters had the petit filet and and the ahi tuna which they were happy with. husband was too full so the girls and i shared a small apple pie tartlet thing with vanilla ice cream and a trio of sorbets.

waiter was clueless. my husband ordered a pre-dinner dewars and soda. he was served a dewars and water which was immediately replaced with the correct drink. at dessert he ordered a cup of coffee and a cognac and was served a cup of coffee into which cognac had been poured. this was after the waiter had dumped the first cognac laced coffee all over himself and had to dry himself off and change his clothes.

turns out we were in the buffalo area for a much shorter time than originally anticipated and were not able to utilize the rest of the recommendations but will save them for future reference.

thanks again!