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Trader Joe's Piñon Coffee

I saw this in TJ's coffee section. Made with coffee and pine nuts. Worth a try? What's it like?

about 6 hours ago
BluPlateSpec in Chains

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I didn't mean to imply that, I haven't been there in years. What I do remember is that Carlos had a way of making each and every "guest" feel that they were special. That kind of charm is lacking today by all the "star chef" run operations.

Jul 14, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The same but not the same without the legendary owner Carlos.

Jul 13, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

That's just the place I was trying to remember. I used to frequent their places on Madison Ave. and Rockefeller Center in the McGraw Hill building. A great place to grab a quick tsty lunch. It was owned my Mitsubushi. Never should have closed.

Jul 10, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Jack's Nest, the original downtown soul food restaurant on 3rd. Ave. and 24th St. Busy with big crowds every night. Moved uptown to 55th St. off Sixth Ave. and folded. Should have stayed downtown.

Jul 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Fonda de la Sol in the Time Life building west of sixth avenue. I had dinner there and saw skits put on by former Chicago Second City actors John Belushi and other before there was Saturday Night Live.

Jul 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Best gluten free bread

CANYON 7 grain gluten free bread available at Whole Foods and sometimes Fairway. In the gluten free section of the freezer.

Jul 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Even in those days Dean and Deluca's prices were sky high. My friend referred to it as the "Food Museum" look but don't touch.

Jul 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

You're right. Here's the full story:
http://tinyurl.com/mxs5edw

Jul 08, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

"Ballroom" on West Broadway below Houston. There before SOHO became what it is today, led the development that followed. You could drive there and park right in front it. No need to know its address, it would be the only place open at night in that still industrial area. Was discovered by New York Magazine I believe. Had Astroturf for a carpet and a low picket fence inside for decoration. Had an interesting cabaret scene with with famous singers from the 40's and 50's.

Jul 08, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Amy's on University around 12th St. Middle Eastern food served in pita pockets. Inexpensive, tasty and unique for that time. I don't know if this is the same Amy that makes bread now at Chelsea Market.

Jul 07, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Steak & Brew ( there was one on Fifth Ave. below 14th where NYU Law is now. Not gourmet but for kids in their late teens and early twenties with empty stomachs and almost empty wallets, the place to go. Unlimited beer with your food.

Jul 05, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The Well and (I believe) Cauldron on east 7th street in the 1960's. One was macrobiotic and the other vegetarian. Hippies and Hippies want to be would trip on over from St. Marks Place to eat.

Jul 03, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Bass Ale - The Horror

Becks and Lowenbrau, when they were made in Germany by their original companies and imported here were really great. Now even if offered for free I would not take them. My other favorite beer was Ballantine IPA that came in 7 oz. green bottles but all this was a very long, long time ago. Thank goodness for the craft beer development.

Jul 01, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

There used to be a szechuan restaurant on Irving Place south of 16th st. They had the best cold sesame noodles that I ever tasted which was also the opinion of anyone who had the good fortune to eat there. I believe the owners sold the place in the late1970's and the food was never the same. Another Hound remembers them too:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3485...
Anyone else remember this place?

Jul 01, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Lutèce. My wife had recently been to Lyon and for her birthday I surprised her with reservations for lunch at Lutèce. When we got there we were seated right at the time of our reservation. As we were eating, André Soltner, the owner and chef stopped by to see how we were enjoying our meal. He was known as a very democratic person. Once when the President of France called to eat that same day, André Soltner refused to cancel any existing reservations to make room for him. I doubt if any "Star Chefs" today would do likewise.

Jun 29, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Yes, yes, yes! We read about Alfredo's in the NYT and went there several times. Alfredo would always briefly sit down with us and ask how we liked the meal. What a great, intimate place that unfortunately does not exist anymore.

Jun 29, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Bun N' Burger on 34th street just east of Park Ave. Craig Claiborne, legendary food writer for the NY Times gave this place a fabulous review in the late 1960's. The owner/cook offered just four items; burgers (with melted cheese if desired) , thick cut fries, apple pie and coffee. He purchased the meat fresh every day at the meat market (in what's now "The Meat Packing District). When that meat was used up, no more burgers for that day. Inside was a counter, no tables, and at lunch time there was always a line outside waiting to get in. Sometime later someone bought the place, opened several more branches around Manhattan, added many items and went out of business.

Jun 25, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Mission Orange soda, the drink of summer. Don't know what gave it that bright orange color and don't want to know now.
Hire's Root Beer from the barrel dispenser at Nathan's in Coney Island. Mumm, that and those greasy, crinkle cut french fries with loads of ketchup, another taste of summer.

Jun 23, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Oscar's Salt of the Sea on Third Ave. at 63rd. St., good sea food, good prices and Oscar. Read about it here at:
http://tinyurl.com/k5uxehs
(Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)

Jun 23, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Sloppy Louie's down by the Fulton Fish Market. The freshest fish in town bar none. Brightly lit, everything painted with white enamel and all long tables family style. We used to play tennis under the inflatable dome on the pier and then have supper there. Nothing ever compares.

Jun 22, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Diner to Ratner's waiter, "What's that roach doing in my blintz?
Waiter to diner, "Sleeping?"

Jun 22, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Patsy's East Harlem - slices or whole pie?

There is a place nearby where they have dessert, if you can get it, Rao's. But unless you're connected to the mayor, police commissioner or his counterpart on the other side of the law, FUGETABOUTIT!

May 15, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Moving to stuy-town

Motorino Pizza, 349 East 12th St. just west of First Ave. Lunch deal, salad and small pizza for $12.

May 11, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Gluten-free grains?

Lentils. Brown, green or French but not red.

May 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Special Diets

Patsy's East Harlem - slices or whole pie?

Slices, hands down. Join with the locals by the coal fired oven and get a fresh slice (or better two) hot out of the oven. Enjoy that delicious slice while watching drivers double park to run in, grab a slice on their way home to Westchester and try not to get ticketed by the ever lurking enforcement officer. Still hungry? Get a third slice, I won't tell. Afterwards tell us your experience.

May 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Is my toaster oven dead?

"6+years" you probably got your money's worth out of it. I had one die on me in less than a month, contacted the company which ask me to send them the plug and received a new one. If mine was that old, I'd add it to recycling day and get a new one. Best not to play around with 110 volts AC.

Apr 28, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Cookware

Liquid Nitrogen

I think this stuff should be handled and controlled only by a professional, especially at a party. You don't want to have someone getting or causing a major injury by accident. It's really dangerous in the wrong hands, which may go missing by mishandling.

Apr 02, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Spices for vegetarian lentil soup?

I'm overwhelmed by all of the very interesting suggestions I've received in reply to my post and intend to try many of them. Thank you for yours and I wasn't clear that I only added the lentils after most of the vegetable cooking was done and cook them until they were tender.

Nov 28, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking

Spices for vegetarian lentil soup?

Sorry for not being clear. I cook the rest of the ingredients for a long time and then add the lentils towards the end and taste after around 40 minutes and keep tasting until they are to the right state of tenderness.

Nov 28, 2013
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking