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Quick lunch on North Fork

Orient Country Store is very good.......pastries and muffins excekllent but they also do soups, sandwiches, etc,,,just sbout a half mile off the main roadto the ferry.

Quick lunch on North Fork

Orient Country Store is very good.......pastries and muffins excellent but they also do soups, sandwiches, etc,,,just sbout a half mile off the main road to the ferry. My neck of the woods, so to speak....also you might try the chicken plsce on rte 48 in Southold....think the name is Rotisserie....many Hispanic dishes including great chicken sandwiches.....aka tortas.

Decent seafood restaurant on Long Island, NY

I would not recommend Allure. Truly mediocre with prices that are not merited.

Allure - North Fork Opening this weekend

Have had three dinners here this summer; they did a good soft shell crab when they were in season. Other than that I find very little to recommend. Actually quite overpriced and not good at all. Will not return. Details if anyone is interested, let me know.

old china and porcelain dishes..safe in microwave?

I don't think I have any with metallic trim; most of these are porcelain and were left to me by my parents but I use them daily, always afraid to microwave, though!

Still waiting to buy that induction range this winter!!

Aug 28, 2015
erica in Cookware

MALAGA...Malaga city and province of Malaga (environs of Gaucin)

Yes, I had read that and thought it was a real loss. We did have lunch at another country restaurant, on the train line from Bobadilla to the coast, passing near Gaucin, but I have my notes at home.....in any case, not nearly as good as Ananda....let me see what I can find in the area. In general I was not wowed by the places in Gaucin itself.

Aug 27, 2015
erica in Spain/Portugal

old china and porcelain dishes..safe in microwave?

I have many dishes manufactured before there were microwaves, so no "microwave safe" label on the underside. I would not chance super expensive Spode, but what about non-luxury china including Apilco.

I want to heat a plate of food, not to heat the plate alone....would I be safe doing this? Same question applies to mugs, with liquid inside...many thanks!!!!!

Aug 27, 2015
erica in Cookware

Where do *you* buy good fruit in Manhattan?

BTW: Great local canteloupes at USQ Greenmarket (Van Houten: $US5) but see my earlier post about peach debacle with Terhune, posted above.

I stand behind Costco for peaches; white and yellow usually available as well as white nectaries which are lovely. Just about worth trip by bus up First Avenue, or car, or car service to Harlem on 116th St. Pay parking there, as you all no doubt know already. Also best pricing for papaya from Belize, sold per fruit, not by pound. And who can beat those limes and lemons in the giant bag?

Jul 29, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Where do *you* buy good fruit in Manhattan?

Jul 29, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Where do *you* buy good fruit in Manhattan?

Costco has great peaches from California and sometimes, good cherries. Schlep to the Harlem store but might be worth it…..I also looked at the Greenmarket fruit last weekend and did not buy….next time try Locust Grove Farms for cherries and other fruit (Caradona is great for apples in season as is Locust Manor; current fruit at Caradona did not impress me too much) Lots of vendors have blueberries…those tri stars strawberries did look lovely, too!

Jul 29, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Which would you choose to host a group dinner?

Ok..maybe dating myself here but what is a penis straw??

For the record I am quite a fan of Gato and had one excellent dinner at L'Apicio (thank you Loratliff for that suggestion; once fall arrives and I am based in Manhattan that will be a go-to place for me). Both noisy unless you choose to dine on the early side but both solid in the food department.

Jul 24, 2015
erica in Manhattan
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Top Long Island restaurants of 2015: Eat here now - Newsday

Link does not work for me..

Finding Couscous and Mushrooms

There is a vendor at Union Square on Saturdays, Violet Hill. He had some quite amazing mushrooms yesterday, including chanterelles. I would phone first before making the trip because his selection varies week to week.

https://www.facebook.com/violethillfa...

http://www.violethillfarm.com

Jul 19, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

I had an excellent lunch at La Torre outside Massa.

I'd also go to Cetara and dine at San Pietro.

Backcountry pizza iin the hilsl might be Le Querce..I think I wrote about it here; the pizza is not all that but the experience was fabulous and very far in spirit from the touristed Amalfi Coast. Meat driven.

I would explore that area further if I had a car and driver.

You might also try Bacco in Furore,combined with visit to Marisa Cuomo winery. We stayed there and had a lunch and maybe one dinner…..owner passionate about the food of the immediate area.

I've always wanted to dine at Lo Scoglio da Tomasso near Marina del Cantone...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811087

Jul 17, 2015
erica in Italy

Otranto birthday meal

Will you have a car and if so, are you willing to drive to a nearby town? Otranto is kind of tourist-driven, but we had a very good meal at Masseria Gattamora in Uggiano, not far from there. What does "super-pricey" mean to you?

Jul 17, 2015
erica in Italy

Puglia July Trip Thoughts???

Yes to Antichi Sapori and yes to the shacky places near Savelletri in ricci season. Look at 2Mari in the harbor. Look to Carovigno for meat based food options. Once sgain, yes to Antichi Sapori and also yes to side trip to Matera.

We liked Casareccia le Zie in Lecce and Casa de tu a
Martinu in Taviano as well as Art Nouveau in Sta Maria al Bagno..a bit fancy but lovely monkfishnpasta that I have tried for three years to recreate.

Jul 16, 2015
erica in Italy

Dulce Patria - alternatives?

And so......any news of your trip? ek

Jul 16, 2015
erica in Mexico

What gets sold out fast at Union Square Greenmarket?

About the eggs: Sometimes they are sold by farmers who you'd not expect to offer eggs. Many vegetable/fruit vendors have them, also Flying Pig, Violet Hill, various Amish/Mennonite sellers, Hawthorn, a lamb farmer and a goat farmer (do not know those names) etc.

And sometimes they are in coolers and not out on display. If you say which day you tend to go, we can offer a list of possible egg vendors but best advice is to look and ask if you do not see them.

Jul 10, 2015
erica in Manhattan
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Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

Shocking..but very exciting! I am looking forward already to my first foray later this year...thanks for the report and the great pics..

Jul 09, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

KENERET!!!

Was there not a long discussion about Keneret in a thread here about what we all miss in Manhattan? (Gone but not forgotton..etc)?? Am I remembering correctly that they served mussels?

Reminds of of the long running, more upscale, cafe by the Capsuoto brothers (three Jewish brother of Algerian descent, at least now one passed) on Washington Street. Yes, I know, very different sort of place...

http://www.tribecatrib.com/content/af...

Jul 07, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Amalfi Coast-Conca dei Marini Dining?

I had a few nice meals at Bacco (stayed overnight a few days) but would recommend La Torre in a suburb of Massa; never mind the fancy website, it is a casual place with outdoor tables.

http://www.latorreonefire.it/

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974302

Do not confuse this with another place, an agriturismo, in the same area...

Jun 29, 2015
erica in Italy

My review on Michelin 3 Star and other restaurants after taking a "tour" for a month

I will be the first to commend you on your impressive note-taking and willingness to share. I am available to accompany you on future dining adventures.

Jun 29, 2015
erica in Manhattan
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George Mendes's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

That rice sounds disappointing in the extreme for the price. If you love seafood flavored rice dishes, studded with lots of actual seafood, try the Lobster Rice at Mission Chinese. Worth a detour. Worth a trip.

Jun 28, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

Tipping 50% to 100% is pretty outlandish. I think this is a topic that deserves it own thread because I expect the responses will be all over the map. I've enver heard of doing that in a restaurant and there is something that strikes me as….not sure how I would put this, but it really does seem off to do so on a regular basis at a high priced restaurant such as those you mention. I have heard that in Europe the reaction to an ovely large tip would verge on derision on many restaurants, and mark the tipper as a foreign rube….never heard of this being done hear on a regular basis at a high priced venue, and as I said, would like to read others responses.

I do not drink much alcohol beyond a glass or two of wine, and my usual dining partner drinks none at all. Should we think of upping our tips to compensate?

Jun 26, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Soft shell crab season!

Reporting back, sorry that this is a bit late. I had excellent fried soft shells, a generous order comprised of two hefty crabs, at Babbo last week.
Served with spicy/sweet Calabrian pepper jelly, these were impeccable.
Had not returned to Babbo in more than ten years and have already booked my next reservation for a few weeks from now, hoping that the soft shells will remain on the menu. Terrific service, good value..and most important, very very good food! Count me among the local fans.

Anyone else have a good recommendation for soft shell crabs?

Jun 20, 2015
erica in Manhattan

GREENPORT: JB WINES....SCARY

Thanks for the support here. I did call Osprey's Dominion and encountered a very pleasant person (female, forget her name now) on the phone. I confirmed that the 2011 is the vintage currently released in shops.

They did offer to "make things right" for me (my words, not theirs)

I am not looking for a refund (that should come from the retailer but that is not happening and frankly, I am almost frightened to return there) but the person I spoke with at OD was very gracious about this and I had a feeling that this might not have been the first time that they had heard comments about this retailer.

When I think back, the shop was so packed with cartons and in such disarray that I wonder if some change might be afoot there. It is all but impossible to walk around and browse, and this was not the case (!) on previous visits.

GREENPORT: JB WINES....SCARY

Yes, very strange. This is person was so out of control that he frightened me.
Prior owners, from Turkey, were very welcoming and although there was not much guidance for wine buyers, it was a pleasant enough shop. The aggressiveness and hostility of the male person in charge today (who claimed to be a member of the family of previous owners) will keep me forever way from that address. Not to mention that prices are not marked and seem to be settled only upon back and forth discussion.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-and-b-liquo...

GREENPORT: JB WINES....SCARY

I had an awful experience at this small family-owned liquor store across from the IGA in Greenport. Since I prefer not to sign up for Yelp only to post a poor review, I will report my experience here. Bottom line: After the male worker/owner pushed a local Riesling, I purchased two bottles only to return home and open one to find it had turned. When I phoned to report, I was subjected to a torrent of abuse more repulsive and threatening than any in recent memory. The wine in question was a local North Fork wine and the retailer told me that if I was not happy I needed to take it back to the winery. (2011 Riesling). I will bite the price but want only want others to stay away; there are other options in Greenport Village.

Vintage, hard-to-find and cult brand names

Good to know. I have quite a few white Kobenstyle casseroles with lids as well as two or three of their white baking pans, given to me in the 1970s and never used! What to do?!

Jun 16, 2015
erica in Cookware

Good source for bones for Bone Broth

There is a farmer who is selling bone broth, so maybe ask him or her is the bones would be for sale. I am sorry I do not recall the name of the stand, but think it might be Tamarack Hollow or Violet Hill. On the west side of the market Saturdays or Wednesdays.

Jun 10, 2015
erica in Manhattan