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I eat it my way

Same...minus the peanut butter. I like the warming the slices.

Mar 07, 2015
six dower in General Topics

Who makes the best THICK hot chocolate?

Glad you liked it! Its my daughters fav in the city and we have to stop by the shop during each visit to NYC....even during hot summer months. Great greek bakery next door.

Feb 24, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Who makes the best THICK hot chocolate?

Marie Belle for sure....super thick and they also have pure white hot chocolate too.

Feb 20, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Fig still a 'go-to' spot in Charleston?

Fig is a great spot. Amke sure to get reservations. Hit Halls Chop House for drinks after dinner.

Feb 11, 2015
six dower in Southeast

Fruit Smoothie = "Bad for You"

I agree. Your body is not smart enough to know the difference between sugar, sugar from fruits, agave, etc. It processes all the same. If you are blending a lot of fruit alone in a liquid form, I would label it as a sugar shake. Eat your fruit. As a cancer survivor it is one lesson that I have learned is that too much sugar, in any form is hard for the body to process...certainly not easy for your body in the morning (after going hours without food) by dumping sugar in liquid form into it, very quickly.
I am surprised by how many people order huge smoothies at juice bars/shops that are full of fruits, honey, agave, sweetened peanut butter, fruit juice and sweetened milk. I cannot imagine the sugar grams....

Feb 08, 2015
six dower in General Topics

Banana Bread

You forgot to mention they have brioche donuts at Bibble and Sip.;) Must try during my next visit. this place looks awesome!'
Try the banana bread at Little Collins

Feb 04, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Charleston?


Jan 31, 2015
six dower in Southeast

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Charleston?

Saturday - drinks at Gin Join, dinner at Vendue Inn (sit at the bar in the hotel). The space is beautiful and the food is the best in Charleston
Sunday - Coffee and snacks at St Albans, Brunch at Halls Chophouse, Bay St Bier garden for Superbowl, Belmont for drinks
Monday - You day is full of heavy meals. Light breakfast then Husk for early lunch and Dinner at FIG or Chez Nous
Tuesday - Callies for breakfast and Butcher and Bee for lunch (make sure to pop into the Daily for pastries for the plane ride

Jan 31, 2015
six dower in Southeast

Cioppino (fish stew) to try for comparison

Call Hearth, they will make it for you if you give them notice.

Jan 23, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Tomato Gravy - tasted a lot, but not the "real" thing

From Sean Brock - one of the best chefs in the USA:

For the Tomato Gravy:

2 tablespoons bacon fat
2 tablespoons Anson Mills Antebellum Fine White Cornmeal
3 cups home-canned tomatoes, or canned San Marzano tomatoes
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
For the Tomato Gravy:

Heat the bacon fat in a large nonreactive saucepan over high heat. Stir in the cornmeal with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to low and cook, constantly stirring, until the cornmeal turns a light brown color, about 5 minutes. Using your hands, crush the tomatoes into small bite-sized pieces. Add them to the pan and stir to combine. Increase the heat to medium, bring the gravy to a simmer, and cook it, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, until it is slightly thickened and the cornmeal is soft. Be careful that it is not sticking or scorching. Add the salt and pepper. Hold warm on low heat for up to 1 hour.

Jan 17, 2015
six dower in Home Cooking

Coming to NYC for 36 hours!

Steak - Costada (great pasta and crudo), Minetta Tavern, Wolf Gang, Marta (good pizza too)
Italian - Hearth, Maialino, Babbo, Del Posto, Marea
Lunch - Il Buco Almintieri, Dutch, Charlie Bird, Lafayette
New but great - Mission Chinese Food, Dirty French, Cosme, Russ and Daughters
All great for solo bar dining. Go to places that are hard to get in witout a rez and more than one person. Hit Chelsea Market or Essex Markers and eat at many spots within the building.

Jan 14, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Vegetarian options in Soho


Jan 10, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Please make sure to go to Essex Market. That sandwich was one of my "best bites" of this year. Stop by the ice cream cart fr a sample of unique flavors and the Boubouki Bakery for a slice of pear cake. Very light and not too sweet.
Try to squeeze in Xian Famous Foods. My daughter and I made a visit to the city over Christmas and we are still talking about our lunch of the spicy lamb noodles and pork burger. Enjoyed Marea, Ma Pache, and Betony as well since they were all located within walking distance.
Thanks to Ziggy and Ellen for all of their tips.

Jan 05, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

The Pacific is not wild, it is farmed raised. I checked today.

Jan 04, 2015
six dower in Chains

Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Donuts for Chanukah) in NYC

They have them at Breads Bakery

Dec 21, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

where can I get a great bowl of soup in Chinatown or Nolita?
I had the duck cabbage soup at Vanessa's during my last trip and I thought it was decent.

Dec 14, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Where can I still find great "dairy" babka, rugelach, and cheese danish?

Regprager - funny you should mention dairy free babka. I was in Miami at Zak the Bakers recently and I tried his chocolate babka. It was amazing....better than Breads, Zabars, Dean and Deluca's. I had a chance to speak to Zak because I was making such a fuss over the babka. He stated that his babka had a ton of dairy in it while most babka's are pareve.
If you ever have the chance to visit Miami, please make the bakery on your list to visit. Perhaps he will ship to NYC? I asked him to ship to my area and he stated that he will consider it after the holiday.

Nov 25, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Charleston SC in February..... HELP!!!

What are favs in Philly? That will help.

Nov 18, 2014
six dower in Southeast

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

and popcorn

Nov 12, 2014
six dower in Chains

5 days in Charleston w/ family: how's this list?

Skip Glazed - add Cristophe Chocolates, Jeni's Ice Cream, Browns Court Bakery, Callies Little Hot Biscuit
Lunch/Dinner - Park Cafe, Chez Nous, R Kitchen

Nov 10, 2014
six dower in Southeast

God is my co-protein

Breads bakery has excellent Mushroom Quiche and Mushroom and Onion Focaccia,

Nov 08, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

One Dinner at the bar...cravings, please advise

What about Senza?

Nov 05, 2014
six dower in Chicago Area

Birthday Dinner Suggestions


Nov 05, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

One Dinner at the bar...cravings, please advise

One evening for dinner:
Deciding on a spot for my next trip to Chicago ( I make the trip once a month)
I thinking of returning to Nico Osteria for crudo, bread, and trying the Nico Cake (I did not order it during my last visit). They may have the beef tongue app bruschetta, which I love.
I do want to try some others that are on my list; Boka, Balena, Celeste (fried chicken), Topolobampo (goat), RPM Steak (foie gras, bison steak), Bavette (Tongue/steak)
I am craving really great bread to start my dinner? Craving ceviche/crudo, offal (foie gras, tongue) and awesome dessert. Price not an issue. I want to avoid tasting menus. I hope to sit at the bar and enjoy good food and wine.

Nov 05, 2014
six dower in Chicago Area

Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

I had the Nordic on pumpernickel bagel last week while I was in the city. I stopped by around 11 a.m. The sandwich was excellent. It is on my radar for my next trip. I have been trying to recreate it at home however I do not have access to a decent bagel or caviar in SC.
The chatted with the gentlemen at the counter, very friendly and he made excellent recommendations of other items to take home.
Thanks Ziggy and Howdini!
Also stopped for french butter and a piece of pear cake. Love the market. I was concerned that it as empty for the entire hour I was there..??

Nov 01, 2014
six dower in Manhattan


Thanks for your report. My daughter and I are thinking of having lunch on Christams Eve at Bouley vs. Jean Georges. Does Bouley still have the bread and cheese cart?
The uni and foie gras sounds wonderful. I am not a pate or torchon fan.

Oct 21, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

A few specific questions about my quick trip to the city this week.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Here is my recap with the original questions posted:
NYC Food & Wine event Pat LaFrieda with the team from Parm/Carbone/ZZ Clam at a spot in Midtown Thursday evening
• The menu was a dish from each restaurant.
• Best dish of my trip/evening and the best YTD of 2014: Chianina Beef, Sea Urchin, Caviar of ZZ Clam Bar
I am thinking about grabbing a few treats in the Lower East Village:
Prince Street Pizza – is there a better NYC type slice in the area? I am also running errands in Soho.
• Not a fan of the Prince NYC slice. Two bites and I pitched it.
Stopping by McNally Book Shop to try a slice of Twenty Four Black Birds pie. Is it worth it?
• Yes. Had a piece of the berry crumble and the salted honey pie. Very good however I would not make a special trip to Brooklyn for the pies.
Having drinks at Nomad Bar after event. Recommendations?
• Great drinks. Many chefs (due to Food and Wine event) were there at the same time Thursday evening. Good to chat with them.

Other bites from Chowhounders suggestions:
• Nordic Sandwich from Nordic Preserves. Also stopped by Boubouk for the pear cake. Both were great. I will make this a repeat visit next month.
• Olive Oil Cake from Little Collins – not good. I have tried it before and I loved it however they changed the recipe.
• Halva Pastry from Aroma – I know this place is not great for coffee but damn that is an awesome pastry.
• Apple Croissant from Bien Zuit Dean and Deluca – dry and zero filling, perhaps it is better when you order at the bakery?
• Salt and Pepper Pine nut and from Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream Ice cream – great ice cream and the service was excellent. I was the only customer and the staff forced me to try almost every flavor. Perhaps not forced….all flavors were very good.
• Di Palos to pick up cheese to take home – arrived on rainy Thursday morning around 11 and I had the entire store to myself.
• Mah-Ze-Dahrs Dark Chocolate Brownie – my current fav treat in the city. I have tried to make the same brownie at home and I continue to fail. Would love to try to nail the recipe. It is worth it!

Oct 20, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

A few specific questions about my quick trip to the city this week.

Ok. I read he review today. I am pushing back Elan util my next trip to the city. I will go to Charlie Bird for lunch.

Oct 15, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

A few specific questions about my quick trip to the city this week.

Thanks for the reminder...I read on Ziggys blog about the Nordic sandwich. I am all over that tomorrow. Perfect!

Oct 15, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

A few specific questions about my quick trip to the city this week.

Ok. I will nix the stop at McNallys

Oct 15, 2014
six dower in Manhattan