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"Cute" inexpensive lunch spot in Southern Fairfield county?

I hope it's not too late but Chocopologie in South Norwalk is really cute and small, and they have salads. The decor is like kind of like Anthropologie for men. The places you mentioned are not cute by any means. Tabouli Is really excellent, the chef is CIA trained from what I was told when I first went there, but the decor is functional, not cute. Cotto in Stamford is really cute but I've only been for dinner. It may be a little bready for your friend. Try Dinosaur BBQ, it's not cute but really cool soaring space and they have gigantic salads.

I reaLy hate this place but Capriccio has great Al Fresco dining. The last time I ordered a salad I got brown chopped romaine but my friends salads were good. I was the only one who was given a wilted dish!


I was just going to say Stew Leonards as I bought some over the weekend, but sadly they were eaten before I got to try any.

Rincon Taqueria in Norwalk - Wow

Where on earth is this place exactly? I happened on the reviews for Rincon while my bf and I were on a trip to Home Depot (god I love that store, and I found the old poster jfood's yelp review!) and for the life of us we couldn't find it. Two cellphone maps with street views, car GPS, four eyes, Kohl's plaza, carpet store or whatever store it is where Rincon was supposed to be, it's like the place doesn't exist, lol.

We found Rio which also had good reviews but didn't go.

Where to get Chinese takeout in Old Greenwich/Stamford/Norwalk?

Thanks, I've never heard of Panda Garden but will have to check it out. I forgot there is a Chinese place in OG right off exit 5. went there once when I first moved to the area but don't remember much.

Would you add parmesan cheese to lobster risotto?

Hell yeah.

Jul 28, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

Where to get Chinese takeout in Old Greenwich/Stamford/Norwalk?

The Chinese restaurant Pearl East for takeout in Stamford burned down and is still closed. I really liked their Chinese food the best. I don't like Tengda, although I've only had their Japanese dishes, I don't like how their fish is always fishy tasting. Kam Pei I love for Japanese. I tried one of their Chinese dishes and it was really fresh tasting but oddly bland.

Does anyone know when Pearl East will reopen?

The Pavilion in Union Sq, when did this open?

I went to the farmer's market over the weekend and I didn't realize a restaurant had opened up there on the north side of the park. The noise coming from there was seriously deafening. I remember there used to be a restaurant or bar there when I was young but I had forgotten about it so I was pretty surprised. I just read a couple of reviews that made the place sound like crap.

I bought a baby cactus for $4.

Jul 22, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

There's a new place called Root & Bone about 3 blocks away from CSB if the wait is too long. It's really inexpensive and has biscuits, eggs, coffee, etc. and chicken and waffles. I've never watched the show but it's run by two Top Chef contestants. I think it was only open a couple of weeks when my bf and I went.

A really cute spot with great brunch and chicken and waffles is Monument Lane in the W. Village. I love this place for dinner also, lots of small plates, American food.

I've been to Co-Op in your hotel for a party 2-3 years ago but I thought it closed. At the time it was very trendy, a really beautiful place, black chandeliers, etc. It 'd be worth checking out since you're staying there, but the East Village is really pretty ugly in general with lots of great food, lol.

Jul 22, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Craft Beer - Financial District

2nd The Growler and Ambrose Hall for beer (or in my case a nice diet soda) and happy hour. The Growler has great bar bites and kind of meat heavy items. Ambrose Hall is also really crazy post work. It's has a weird setup that's kind of spread out. Also not too far is Jack's Ale House, dark and divey.

There are a lot Irish pubs. I haven't been to any of them but if you walk around you'll def. come across them. Some seem really quiet but that may be for a reason.

Vintry on Stone has good food.

Just reread your post, all of these places are noisy and crowded.

Jul 11, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

That's not pizza, that's human body decomposition in the form of frostbite.

I'd still eat the side where the man's basil hands are.

"No lie." -- Drake

When was the last time you cleaned your fridge?

The last time I cleaned my fridge, more like a Windex wipe down, was right before Easter this year since I had people over. But for three years straight, 2010 - 12, I had to do massive cleanings because if all the crazy storms and massive outtages.

I found the best odor eliminators was a mix of old tea leaves and coffee grounds I didn't like and refused to drink, esp. flavored ones mixed with baking soda on paper plates. My fridge would smell like artificial vanilla, raspberry tea and coffee.

Every so often I take out bottled stuff and run them under hot water and in the sink to remove gunk or fingerprints.

Anti-aging recipes and ingredients?

How about tea and coffee for super foods? Avocados, adzuki beans, anything red, purple or dark green I suppose. Watermelon?


To put on your face or hair? No idea! Mayo has been forever mentioned for hair, almond or salt scrubs, olive oil for skin. There was the famous scene in Sixteen Candles of the older sister rubbing her elbows with lemon, so lemon.

My parents always talked about old Hollywood glam and female actresses taking milk baths, but for what I never had a clue.

Jun 10, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

Tomato plant with only one tomato

Thank you for all the answers and replies! Very resourceful for me!

The planter was left behind by the previous owners who I bought my house from. I filled it with two bags of potting soil from Home Depot, maybe 15-20 gallons equivalent worth of dirt? I think it's really meant for small trees but I thought if I planted it in there, it would grow really big but it wound up growing arms and legs horizontally and no tomato until the very end. It sound like def. a determinate tomato, exactly as daisy described, about four feet tall.

I don't recall seeing any flowers, just lots of leaves.

I wound up planting flowers in it this year. :)

May 29, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Gardening

Tomato plant with only one tomato

Oh, I'm a novice, almost reluctant gardener. I never fertilized but my yard does get a full days worth of sun. I did water it because I had read that tomatoes needed consistent watering to avoid splitting? This tomato was very watery and jellied on the inside. A collapsible fruit. :)

May 29, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Gardening

Tomato plant with only one tomato

Lol, I bought the plant from a farm thinking I'd get a great return. From April to mid -Sept. I had to wait for this one. At least it was the size of a grapefruit.

May 29, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Gardening

Tomato plant with only one tomato

Last year I bought a tomato plant that only grew one really large yellow tomato. I don't remember the name (it was an heirloom variety) but it came out late in the season and took forever to grow. When I bought the plant it only had leaves on it. Is there a reason only getting one fruit? Is that normal for heirloom variety?

The one positive is that the tomato was really big and heavy, really sweet but also really really watery. I wound up cooking it and it pretty much disintegrated. Too much water?

I forgot to add that I grew the tomato in a really large planter and it was really really leggy.

May 29, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Gardening

Sad to report the passing of Veggo

So sorry to hear about this! For me, Veggo was one of the more recognizable and lively names on this board and I remember his posts as being fun and playful. My thoughts go out to Veggo's family.

May 29, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Site Talk

Who offers better food, Caribbean cruise or all inclusive resort?

I've never been to a resort where meal packages are included but I've been on three cruises w/ Holland America, Princess and Celebrity. I liked the food just fine but I think you have to study the menu and pick wisely. The Princess cruise was years ago and I was still in my teens. I had my first taste of caviar on that cruise. It was an appetizer dish I wound up ordering almost every night for dinner, a taste of Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga and some cheap red large pearl roe.

Knowing the cost but not knowing the taste, I just had to because whenever would I come across the chance to order luxury items so freely with additional requests if I wanted?

Anyone who has been on Princess, do you remember this dish? And the dessert cheese plate? One night I asked for a pile of blue cheese and got it with a pile of walnuts. :)

Good times.

Challenge: various diet requirements and various locations

This is the wrong board but how about Olea instead of Walter? Olea has a small menu with a fair amount of fish and non-meat small plate dishes (roast chickpeas). I've been to Walter in Williamsburg and remember it as being a somewhat heavy meaty menu.

There's another place in <whispers> Brooklyn that serves a lot of salads you might like. I can't remember the name but begins with an A, something like Arilia or Aroola, Areoli, sorry, cannot remember..

Apr 24, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Port Chester or Northern Westchester dining for Easter brunch?

Yeah, the Hyatt puts out a really good spread for their Sunday brunches but I need less of the herd mentality because I have 3 sets of really old grandparents who are coming up for the day. :) I've decided to have Easter at my house so they can spend the whole day to relax.

Now I have to figure out my last minute menu!

Port Chester or Northern Westchester dining for Easter brunch?

I was hoping for suggestions in lower FFC but no one replied. I'm guessing my options are more limited since it's last minute. I may still need to accommodate a fairly large group (9-13 people). My family will most likely prefer traditional Easter, ham, lamb, asparagus, salads, eggs benedict type food............................................................

Restaurant for Easter brunch lower FFC? Cobb's Mill?

From Greenwich to Westport/Wilton, American fare or old-fashioned New Englandly places? Cobb's Mill Inn? I was also told that there used to be a lot of restaurants like Cobb's Mill (as far as setting is concerned) but they've all closed down? It can be a set menu, hotel dining? I've tried the Greenwich Hyatt brunch (liked it a lot), Long Ridge Tavern brunch (meh), Red Barn (meh but better than I thought).

I'm concerend about last minute reservations because I don't know how many people there will be in my party. It could possibly be 10-17 people or possibly 2 (just me and bf).

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

How old is she? If she's 13-14, she might like the candy section of FAO Schwarz, large size everything and candy board games. Just be prepared that the giant peanut butter cup is like$25. She can play with all the toys after. IF she's 18-19, take her to ABC Cocina for dinner or Kitchen for lunch (def.make reservations, even for lunch) for a trendier option.

If she really wants to tweet a restaurant, take her to Asiate for brunch. For brunch it's casual, people dress all over the place, you can wear whatever, it's pricey but it's a lot of food (prix-fix 2 main courses and dessert) and a great view.

Apr 10, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Surprising sodium content foods?

Almost all raw chicken, raw fish, shellfish, shrimp now comes brined or pumped with some sort of saline solution. It used to be only kosher chickens were brined. Now everything is brined including jumbo scallops that reduce to the size of bay scallops after cooking. >:(

Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

I'm with you on this one, but being The Oracle and all, you should have seen it coming.


You should know where you will be spending your next vacation!

Plane Food for a LOOONG Flight--Frozen pastrami?

OMG, John! As I was reading through this thread, the discussion of TSA screenings made me think of my grandmother and the 60 Minutes segment of YOUR mother. This happened to my grandmother also.

TSA singled her out. They made her get up out of her wheelchair, she had to be helped up by two agents and then patted down. She is old as shit now and at the time it happened, she was 92 or 93????

I think it was last year I was at my parent's apt. and saw the 60 Minutes repeat. I pointed at the screen and said, "Look, that happened to grandma!" LOL

Little would I know it was your poor mother on that segment!

Pancake mix to make cake with?

Awesome, thanks all for your imput. I just read the ingredients and other than various flours in each bag, there is powdered buttermilk, calcium phosphate? and bicarbonate of soda and salt. I have a friend's birthday so I thought I could experiment by making a cake (not too worried about technical aspects or outcome, just wanted to make one for fun) to see what happened!

Mar 12, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

Pancake mix to make cake with?

I was given an entire box, four large bags, of pancake mix. Can I use this to make a cake? I want to make a birthday cake this weekend and am wondering if I can use this in place of regular flour. One of the bags is buckwheat flour?

I'm guessing these flours are finely milled so it's like cake flour?

Mar 10, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

Best Homemade Veggie Burger Recipe

I'm not vegetarian but almost all my meals eaten at home are vegetarian. I've recently made chickpea and eggplant burgers.

I don't have exact recipes for either but for the eggplant burgers, I cube the eggplant w/ the skin on and cook it down with lots of garlic. Once that's cooked down, I add chopped raw onion, raw scallion, a bunch of chopped parsley, chopped red bell pepper, whatever spices I have, and fresh chopped bread pieces, dried mustard and whatever else I think might be interesting, but that's usually the basis.

For this recipe I don't add eggs because it gets more mushy. I form them into giant balls and drop them in cornstarch, push them down into burgers and then flip them over. I lay them out in a tray and freeze them for about 20-30 min before frying.

For the chickpea burgers, I smush the chickpeas, add curry powder, chopped cilantro and parsley, whatever spices, grated raw carrot, and garlic and onion. For this recipe, I sautee the garlic and onion first. I pulverize oatmeal and use that in place of flour. For the chickpea burger, I do add two eggs and it makes a really big difference in keeping the burger firm and really holding it together before frying. I also freeze them for about 20-30 minutes. They really retain their shape with the two eggs. I've made them w/o eggs and with mayonnaise. I like the texture of the burgers made with mayo best but the mixture gets really mushy and the texture is softer.

I used to make black bean burgers but I prefer chickpea over black bean.

I've also tried baking. The chickpea burgers come out drier. but the eggplant still stays somewhat mush.

I once pureed soft tofu and mixed all sorts of stuff into it, including whole black beans, celery, etc. and coated it in rice flour and fried them. They came out really good as long as you can fry it long enough to have a crusty exterior. The rice flour makes a huge crusty difference.

brunch/saturday lunch with mother in law, mom and teenage daughter

Check out The Lion. My boyfriend took me for Vday and it's beyond beautiful. I think the interior would really please both moms and daughter will like the menu since it's pretty straight forward I'm a sucker for scenery and gorgeous interior design, food be damned.

Mar 03, 2014
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan