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best mail order treats

I came across this post while looking for an alternative to Frog Hollow Farm (which carries some of the best fruit in the world -- but shipping is just crazy) for pears and thought I'd throw in my two cents.

Thanks to Peter Meehan's article in the NYTimes (http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/20...), I've ordered citrus and avocados from Friend's Ranch for the past couple of years and have always been incredibly pleased with the produce. I like getting the Plain Jane box. http://friendsranches.com/

Beans might not seem like the best gift, but trust me, if your giftee has even the smallest affection for legumes, you should order them some from Rancho Gordo: http://www.ranchogordo.com/.

And for country ham and bacon, nobody beats Allan Benton: http://bentonscountryhams2.com/.

Sep 30, 2011
fatisflavor in General Topics

Vietnamese in ABQ?

I'm a New Yorker that's about to embark on a roadtrip through the Southwest and am doing some preliminary food research to prepare.

We will of course be eating plenty of New Mexican and Mexican food, but the cursory searches I've conducted so far have led to a few oblique references to possibly amazing Vietnamese food in the area, along with a 6-year-old thread, and one recommendation for May Hong. I would love to hear about any other Vietnamese joints that blow your hair back -- breakfast pho like Turtle Tower in San Francisco, or stuff like I've had in LA. Does this exist? We have seriously subpar options in NYC.

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May Hong
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste 14S, Albuquerque, NM 87111

Mar 24, 2011
fatisflavor in Southwest

The World's First CSF (Community Supported Forage) Box

Nova Kim and Les Hook have been running a pretty amazing foraged-foods CSA in Vermont for a while now.

Mar 24, 2009
fatisflavor in Features

Best Wine Shop in Brooklyn

Thirst in Ft. Greene, all the way. Very well edited selection and truly wonderful finds. They're apparently one of the few around here that carry Kermit Lynch's imports. Great Cognac and whiskey selection too. A whole order of magnitude better than Greene Grape.

Mar 03, 2008
fatisflavor in Outer Boroughs

Farm Fresh Eggs

Depending on how deep into the Slope you're located, you might also consider getting Tello's eggs from the Ft Greene Greenmarket on Saturdays.

Mar 03, 2008
fatisflavor in Outer Boroughs

Where can I get Nian Gao in NYC?

Anybody know a place that serves those sweet rice cakes for Chinese New Year?

Feb 14, 2008
fatisflavor in Manhattan

Chinatown Dumplings

Wait, wait, wait -- have you ever had Super Taste's dumplings? They are AMAZING. Way better than any of these other joints. Almost as good as my mom's.

Feb 11, 2008
fatisflavor in Manhattan

Outdoor Dinner Tonite in Williamsburg

Their seating's out front and no backyard, but Marlow & Sons is one of my favorite places to eat outdoors in Williamsburg. Or indoors, for that matter. It's probably closest to the JMZ, but the walk from the Bedford Ave L stop isn't too bad. (Plus, it's nice out for the walk.)

Aug 29, 2007
fatisflavor in Outer Boroughs

Delivered Prepared Foods to Carroll Gardens

I third Cobblestone Foods. They know what they're doing back there, and I'm sure they'd be willing to work with you on how best to deliver this gift to your friends. Stinky is great, but definitely on the less substantial side.

Jul 07, 2007
fatisflavor in Outer Boroughs

roadtrip: st. louis > knoxville and back again. food worth stopping for in MO, IL or IN?

thanks for the suggestions, all. i'll definitely report back on our findings. maybe i'm overly optimistic (i've been living abroad for a few years now and the idea of a roadtrip in the states has been reduced to a fuzzy idealized notion of cozy diners and sleeping in the back of stationwagons), but i'm hoping it won't be too difficult to track down good eating on the way down and back. i mean, roadfood will have to give us some hints (but even then, it's not so extensive), but i'm hoping the locals haven't all converted to national chains and fast food when it comes to eating out and will be able to point us in the right direction.

wow, that was more soapbox-minded than i intended.

again, thanks.

Sep 05, 2006
fatisflavor in General Midwest Archive

roadtrip: st. louis > knoxville and back again. food worth stopping for in MO, IL or IN?

i posted this over in the boards for the south, but much of the trip is midwester, so here we go again:

the sis and i are headed down for a wedding and are making it a 3-day roadtrip. any suggestions for places to stop? the route has not yet been defined -- and i was hoping to do that based on what kind of eats there are (say, in arkansas vs. indiana). we're definitely stopping in nashville for hot chicken, but our primary objective is BBQ, and lots of it. we're big fans of local food, specialties that are particular to a place, and establishments that speak of a particular area.

i've been dying to find these guys in poplar bluff, MO, that jeffrey steingarten wrote about in TMWAE, but i've come to the conclusion that they don't actually own a restaurant or sell their BBQ. does anyone know different? also, it seems like we might find amazing BBQ in murphysboro, IL. seems like we'll actually be missing their cook-off by a week, unfortunately. any ideas on that area as well?

what say you, chowhounds?

Aug 31, 2006
fatisflavor in General Midwest Archive

roadtrip: st. louis > ? > nashville > knoxville and back again

thanks, IMBP. don't usually do bars with my sister, but if we're not in a coma from all the hot chicken, maybe we'll check it out.

also, after some additional research, it looks like we might try to stop through either poplar bluff, MO, or (more likely) murphysboro, IL, forr BBQ. it kills me that we're missing the cookoff (http://www.17thstreetbarbecue.com/coo...) by only a week!

maybe i need to repost this in the midwest boards.

Aug 31, 2006
fatisflavor in General South Archive

roadtrip: st. louis > ? > nashville > knoxville and back again

oh, forgot to mention: louisville is a likely stop as well.

Aug 30, 2006
fatisflavor in General South Archive

roadtrip: st. louis > ? > nashville > knoxville and back again

the sis and i are headed down for a wedding and are making it a 3-day roadtrip. any suggestions for places to stop? the route has not yet been defined -- and i was hoping to do that based on what kind of eats there are (say, in arkansas vs. indiana). we're definitely stopping in nashville for hot chicken, but our primary objective is BBQ, and lots of it. we're big fans of local food, specialties that are particular to a place, and establishments that speak of a particular area.

what say you, chowhounds?

Aug 30, 2006
fatisflavor in General South Archive