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Favorite savory zongzi in Flushing?

Lwong, if you are continuing to follow, these are the **best** zongzi. Made by a sweet poh poh in Brooklyn, hauled in a train to her renowned physician daughter's office in Flushing and then delivered to me on he good doctor's way back to Sands Point. Yum! 30 of them without the egg yolk just the way my chowpup likes them! I think your extensive zongzi response to me is on another thread I had begun writing about the same time. Hoping you will still see this. Wish there was a tag option.

about 12 hours ago
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Jongro Korean BBQ Franchise to Open in Former McDonald's in Murray Hill Shopping Center

Just noticed the signage go up today on my walk to the library. Should be interesting. They are planning to open in Bayside and Fort Lee by the end of the year as well.

Feb 27, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Cajun Korean on Northern in Douglaston?

Seems to be a trend here in Queens. I was driving down Northern toward Union street and on the same side as the Flushing Y a couple of blocks up there was what looked to be a huge grand opening for a Cajun Korean restaurant. Big awning with Cajun something or another written across it. Just found it on Yelp: O Crab. Haven't been yet, but will be down there to check it out very soon.

Feb 27, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Mr. Nilsson Restaurant in LIC

Our CSA always advises us to use the tops! Carrot top pesto and "gremolata" etc. They are very tasty!

Feb 27, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Mr. Nilsson Restaurant in LIC

Thanks for this excellent review! I will be sure to check it out in the coming weeks.

Feb 26, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Most Sumptuous Crab dish in Flushing?

I have. Love it!

Feb 19, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Most Sumptuous Crab dish in Flushing?

I generally go to Canton Gourmet and get the crab rice and the largest Dungeness crab possible from the tank and have it prepared salt and pepper style. I'm bringing a true crab aficionado to a lunch next week and am wondering where my fellow 'hounds would steer me.

Thanks in advance.

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous year of the goat/sheep/ram!

Lisa

Feb 19, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Cajun Korean on Northern in Douglaston?

Love Crazy Crab, but just the Burmese stuff.

Feb 15, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Cajun Korean on Northern in Douglaston?

Anyone been? Spotted it today for the first time. Itz Fire. Was imagining bulgogi muffeltta and shrimp and grits with gochuchang etc but a cursory look through some Yelp reviews looks like it might be more wings-centered.

Feb 14, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Flushing Chinatown "Jian Bing" Street Vendor

Video couldn't be uploaded but here's the photo.

Feb 06, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Flushing Chinatown "Jian Bing" Street Vendor

I had one today in the newly located Corner 28 on 40th Road. I will try to upload the video. It was delcious and used a big hunk of fried wonton in the center.

Feb 05, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs
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Easter Sunday Brunch/ Lunch Suggestions?

Yikes. Wasn't planning on suits or hats. Dinner jackets for the men but casual chic sort of thing. Like we'd dress for Galtoire's during any weekend but some pastel shirts thrown in there if we're lucky.

Feb 03, 2015
ZenFoodist in New Orleans

Easter Sunday Brunch/ Lunch Suggestions?

Thanks so much TaTee! This was just a sort of information I was seeking. Haven't been to Antoine's since my first visit many years ago. I will definitely have a look at the menu. Same for Muriel's and Arnaud's. My loving-year-old is very excited about the vintage cars. Between this and the Pelicans game, we definitely picked a good time to come :) Now just to hope we get to second line it at least once on this trip! Blessings to you and thanks again for the help.

Feb 03, 2015
ZenFoodist in New Orleans

Easter Sunday Brunch/ Lunch Suggestions?

I can barely contain my excitement. Headed to my beloved NOLA for Easter break with my husband and 11 year old and my mom and dad as we are treating them to a long weekend in honor of my father's 70th birthday. What better American city in which to celebrate life itself!

We know your beautiful city fairly well and have eaten everywhere from Cochon, Bayona, and Herbsaint to Galatoire's, Bon Ton, Drago's, Liuzza's and everything in between. All the touristy stuff and so many of the local faves thanks to advice gleaned over the years on these very boards.

I was thinking Commander's Palace for Easter brunch just for the iconic factor and the fact that it would put us in the Garden District for a stroll. Completely booked though. I have a back up at Galatorie's at noon but am wondering if there is anywhere else you would consider appropriate for a lovely Sunday brunch/lunch? Something classic and memorable, not necessarily fancy or formal etc.

Thanks in advance,
Lisa

Feb 03, 2015
ZenFoodist in New Orleans

American Style Breakfast in Flushing

Also Kane's on College Point Blvd, but like Pop's it is not Asian. It's a local institution though.

Jan 29, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Help in Selecting a Queens Venue for my Alma Mater's 30th Anniversary

Always a pleasure to hear from the great Lwong. Thank you for the detailed response. I am going to stick to my students' zongzi which is bestowed to me seasonally. The quality is so high. And they are made with love which I can honestly taste in each bite. These days I've been getting a lot of lobakgao flecked with seaweed and tiny dried shrimp. The chowpup likes this sliced up and pan fried for breakfast as well, but nowhere near as much as his beloved zongzi. One student brings us bags of zongzi from both his maternal AND paternal grandmas. One wraps them pyramid style, the other in rectangular packages. One stuffs them with pork belly, taro and peanuts, the other with braised pork and shiitake mushrooms.My son is very opinionated about his zongzi and prefers the latter without the peanuts although he is happy to have any at all.

I am not a big fan of Mulan. I have hosted a couple of banquets there as well as attended a few weddings and have never been impressed. All style no substance, I feel. And even the style is waning a bit from the last I saw.

Wishing you and yours a most auspicious new year filled with lots of deliciousness!

Jan 28, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Bada Story – Great Korean Hwe (Sashimi) In Flushing

This place is three blocks from my house and always consistent. One of my favorite pajeons in town. Nice write-up, Lau.

Jan 27, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Favorite savory zongzi in Flushing?

I am particular to the savory style with bits of Chinese sausage, taro, pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, and/or peanuts within. I've been spoiled terribly over the last few years by one of my Chinese student's poh pohs, but the student has graduated and this morning I gave the last one from my coveted freezer stash to my 11 year old chowpup who loves them. Perfect quick breakfast.

Any recommendations?

Thanks!
Lisa

Jan 25, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Help in Selecting a Queens Venue for my Alma Mater's 30th Anniversary

OMG. Unless things have changed since this past October, Marbella is beyond atrocious. The last time I was there **willingly**was 16 years ago and the paella was a wet mess with seafood that was fetid, and that word choice is actually complimentary. I was *forced* to go to an anniversary party there this past October and I am sorry to report things have gotten exponentially worse. When I have a hankering for a paella Stateside I go to a few different Spanish social clubs in Manhattan, Soccarat, or in a jiffy for a passable, not perfect one at Sangria 71 on Hillside in Willston Park. More often than not I wait until I can be in Spain and just suck it up and make do with the excellent made to order arroz con pollo at Rincón Criollo which many fellow 'hounds have debated. You honestly could not PAY me to set food in Marbella, and I've lived in NE Queens for 42 yeas and love nothing more than to support local establishments. No way, no how.

Jan 13, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs
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Help in Selecting a Queens Venue for my Alma Mater's 30th Anniversary

Happy New Year, 'Hounds! Hoping you can help me find a venue for my high school's anniversary dinner. Here are the criteria:

50 to 100 people
- sit down meal
- in Queens
- parking a plus
- handicap accessible a must
- private area preferable
- audio/video capable (nothing major, just a speech or two
and maybe running the video of some of the interviews we've
done)
- around $50/60 per person
- Sunday afternoon or evening in late April early May

I have myriad ideas, however all are missing one or two criterion, mostly with regard to the handicap accessibility or parking. Many of the alumni are octogenarians and the handicap accessibility is non-negotiable.

Thanks so much in advance for your insight.

Jan 09, 2015
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Mama Lee: Taiwanese in Bayside

Il Vesuvio is still on Bell, but the other place they opened in Whitestone closed up. Attended many a better than average baby shower there throughout the years. No real reason to go to Whitestone anymore now especially with Stork'gone, too.

Oct 23, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Mama Lee: Taiwanese in Bayside

It's no Bo though. Not even close.

Oct 22, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Mama Lee: Taiwanese in Bayside

It's solid. Right down the block from my Taiwanese academy, so I'm there a lot. I like the chicken roll and the three cup chicken. The noodle dishes are pretty good, too. My Taiwanese partners aren't as positive, though. They find the food "flat" and a bit oily. I like it much more than GuShine which is where we generally go. Service is very friendly and attentive.

Oct 22, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Iconic Lunch spot on drive down from Manchester to NYC on 87?

We were thinking we would try to wait to have Italian on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx on our way back to Queens, but I know we're going to want to stop somewhere long before that. Any places that shouldn't be missed?

Thanks in advance!
Lisa

Taking a trip to Flushing

Every Korean Chinese restaurant I've ever eaten at offers it half and half. The one that is considered the best amongst the Koreans in my North Flushing neighborhood is Noodle House on Northern near Bell in Bayside. The newish Chinese House restaurant on Northern in Bayside has been widly panned by all the Koreans in my circle; they much prefer the one in Flushing or Sam Wahn Gak.

Oct 01, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

ISO Tulumba

My favorite are at the Albanian-owned Tony and Tina's Pizzeria on Arthur Avenue. Make sure you pick up a couple of coils of burkea while you are there as well. The pumpkin and the cheese are our two favorites. Enjoy!

Sep 23, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Nope, but I know both well. I also miss Flessel's the German place in lCollege Point. Used to go for Friday Lenten fish dinners.

Sep 11, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Cafe on the Green is Vivaldi now and is awful. All style, no substance.

Sep 11, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

There's some really solid Thai in Queens, Ayada in Elmhurst being my fave. The Pok Pok transplant in Brooklyn is also really yum. Full disclosure: for the past 17 years I've owned an exclusively Asian business and I have awesome little Thai, Burmese, Malaysian,Viet grandmas cooking for us all the time. I cook a lot the same dishes, too. Many Thai friends etc. After our native Italian/Sicilian, Northern Chinese food and Thai are the most eaten in our home.

West coast Mexican is definitely better than the vast majority of Mexican we get back in Gotham. I'm actually not a huge NYC Mexican fan having lived in Mexico for a spell as a child (dad is a retired Spanish teacher) but I feel that if I had had more time I would have def scratched the surface more with the South of the Border offerings. Would have loved to have hit up more taquerias. Carbon and pastor are my faves. We had really good Mexican in Santa Barbara at Los Agaves (Super Rica was closed, and I am Julian Child fan) and it sated my rare yen, so I didn't make it a priority during our four days in LA. Next time for sure.

Baco Mercat looked outstanding ( I had looked at the wesbite/menu) but alas, there just was not time.

Sep 09, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

I intentionally missed the fries. I was going to be seated at a baseball game right after and was scared I'd be annoying if I had to keep getting up and down for the bathroom. Wasn't sure anything ooey and gooey and dairy would be the right thing. The prime rib horseradish dish was the thing I really am still wondering about. It looked outstanding!

Sep 09, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area