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Could your/ IS your significant other a picky eater?

Wow, and i thought it was just a weird american thing -- when i first met my boyfriend, he did not even want to try certain things based on how i would describe the texture. He has become quite food obsessed as well but is still reluctant to try things that have texture/taste discordance (aspic=meat jello) or are just too textured (cartiledge, chewy fatty bits, etc)

Sep 01, 2010
olia in Not About Food

Need hostess gift for Russian friends

If this family is similar to mine, then I would say for a household of women I would bring some cognac or brandy if you want something strong, or good wine.
Flowers are pretty much a staple as well as good chocolates.

A good italian desert for all to share would be appreciated if you want to bring something to be consumed that night.

Sep 01, 2010
olia in Not About Food

What do you eat when you really don't feel like eating?

I'm not japanese but miso soup is number one thing i can start eating when sick, followed by maybe some pita chips and hummus or avocado mash.

Jun 23, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

hell yeah! i take mayo in all its forms, all i oli (which took for me only one taste to recognize as beloved aioli), will try making my own tonight o_O (no even planning on getting any food stuffs to use it with cause everything but the cat is game)

Jun 01, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

Oh i've been definitely cutting mayo with some sour cream (it is lower in fat i think, and of course milder in flavor) and yogurt for dips, salad dressings (russian style salad w/no lettuce just tomatoes, cukes, and herbs), etc.

but i'm coming to the conclusion that mayo is pretty perfect and can be used in so many ways, that breaking the addiction (short of acquiring an extreme aversion, but who wants that to any food) is just modifying it's use o_O

Jun 01, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

wow thanks so much for all the replies! I have gotten many more ideas on how to use it but in more flavorful ways (mixing w/other condiments etc.)
one note of progress is that I have successfully substituted mashed up avocado (salt/pepper/lime/hot sauce) on a grilled chicken and a sandwich over the weekend...not sure if it actually tasted as good or I just felt great for being more "virtuous" ^-^

Thanks again!!!

Jun 01, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

oh wow, even I couldn't do cheese and mayo (at least dipped like that), I always have to scream in delis to not put mayo near cheese side of any sandwich (because face it every sandwich needs mayo but not next to cheese ::shudder::) -- maybe I can cultivate that aversion ^-^

Jun 01, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

OMG mayo is sooo good with sriracha! (also mustard, horseradish, ketchup, jerk spice, etc)
last night I put it into mashed potatoes and I swear its just better!

May 29, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

I guess I want to stop my sole reliance on mayo to add flavor to things -- it is a great condiment but I suspect it also overwhelms a lot of things.
The accessibility and availability of it is what makes it such an easy thing to get addicted to -- how often do they have sides of yogurt, or mascarpone, or what have you?

Thank you all who replied (and HI to fellow addicts), there are great suggestions for substitutions (and quite a few of new mayo uses ::woe is me:: ^___^)

Thanks!

May 28, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

lol oh yes "all you can eat mayo" trip for me was Japan -- they found even better ways to put mayo everywhere! and since my travel buddies did not appreciate it on their "cream cheese" toast and the like I was the lucky receiver of many such goodies. Maybe I should just move there and be happy ^-^

May 28, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

thanks guys ^-^
I think the best solution I can come up so far is to only insist on GOOD mayo -- not some generic packets or hellman's even (?!?!) I'm sure if I decided that I would only eat nice homemade mayo that I had to make every time myself it would cut down on the consumption considerably.

(on the topic of pesto, hot sauce, and chutney all I could think of how awesome they'd be mixed with mayo ::sigh:: -___-)

May 27, 2010
olia in General Topics

i'm powerless over ... mayo

Hello,

I'm a mayo addict and I'm tired of it. Take this morning -- why did I need to put mayo on a egg and cheese bagel? Why am I continuously stock piling little mayo packets in my desk drawers at work to put on pretty much anything I eat (lunch, snacks, anything but candy).
I need it with normal foods (sandwiches, chicken/tuna salads, fries, etc. -- but always adding extra) and not (ramen/noodles/baked potato, grilled vegetables, any roast meats, the list goes on).
It is most awkward when eating with others at dinner or being a guest in someone's home -- I can't ask for a bottle of hellman's by my side o_O, I just hope there is something containing mayo already and secretly hope I can sneak in some more. This is occupying too much mental space!

What are better, tastier, and healthier ways to add flavor to foods? Any good fun alternatives?
This might seem silly but I need help -___-

Thank you

May 27, 2010
olia in General Topics

Burek in Sheepshead Bay

Well if you take all varieties of bureks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Börek) you can probably find some armenian style or eastern former USSR varieties on Brighton.
I know M&I Int'l store has chebureks (meat filled) and hachapuri (cheese filled both in bread dough and puff dough), and some piroshki selling places might have belyashis (meat filled tartar deep fried pies

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ok now i'm really hungry ^-^

Mar 24, 2010
olia in Outer Boroughs

Need new shop for frozen dumplings in Chinatown

Sun Dou was my favorite too! But a dumpling counter on the corner of Grand and Chrystie (same market as fish etc.) and has similar selections and prices.

Mar 08, 2010
olia in Manhattan

SD26 Review

Went to SD26 for lunch during Restaurant Week. We got tuna with puntarelle salad and uovo for appetizers. Tuna was nicely done, seared on edges and very rich tasting rare in the middle and puntarelle added a nice crunchy textural contrast and refreshing bitter flavor. Uovo has been previously mentioned (and one of the main reasons we went) and it lived up to its delicious reputation. It's a great deal during RW since normally its over $20 as an appetizer, however we did not taste much truffle flavor so maybe they cut corners on that.
For mains we tried wild bass and chitarra -- bass was nice and very moist but very mild tasting, chitarra was cooked just right with nice chewy texture and the sauce was flavorful and also rather mild.
Panna cotta for dessert was very smooth and light tasting and balsamic reduction added some depth.
Service was pretty good, and there seemed to be quite a few waiters/runners around. During dessert Marisa May stopped by to ask how we were doing and mentioned that they try to "sneak in" all the best salumi from Italy.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience and was definitely worth the RW price.

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SD26
19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

Jan 28, 2010
olia in Manhattan

matsukado

I just heard about a new Japanese place, Matsukado, opening in EVil.. It is a part of a family chain operation from Japan and has some izakaya type dishes and ramen.

I'm particularly interested how their ramen measures up -- has anyone tried it yet?

TIA, olia

Jan 20, 2010
olia in Manhattan

Digestive Biscuits

for cheaper prices (but maybe not the same brands) for digestive bisquits you can try any one of large chinatown markets (among other cookies) (kam man, etc.)

Jan 15, 2010
olia in Manhattan

Frozen chicken dumplings in Chinatown?

Hua Du dumplings on the corner of Grand and Chrystie (part of fish/meat market) have a lot of different varieties including chicken and mushroom, etc. prices are $8-12 for 50 dumplings.

Jan 07, 2010
olia in Manhattan

Great Dessert to Bring to Thanksgiving other than Pumpkin or Apple Pie

thats a great idea but I love all pudding from Sugar Sweet Sunshine. And they have a seasonal pumpkin one that is just awesome!

Nov 25, 2009
olia in General Topics

Best Russian Honey cake with many layers? Manhattan or boroughs

I just got some honey cake from Moscow on the Hudson store in WashHi -- its the standard one (they probably get it from same distributor as Brighton beach places) but it was fresh and not overly parfumey

Nov 12, 2009
olia in Manhattan

looking for surprsing pizza

what about the indian pizza?
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/0...

Nov 05, 2009
olia in Manhattan

delicious hole in the wall thai in EV

stopped by East Village Thai tonite for a quick dinner.
Tom yum soup was nice and light but sour and aromatic, chicken satae was nicely spiced with a delicious not-sweet peanut sauce, but the best was pad kee mao (chicken) -- very flavorful, with delicious basil and chili aromas, not too oily.

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East Village Thai
32 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Oct 17, 2009
olia in Manhattan

High/Low Dining - does anyone else do this?

didn't mean to imply that it is high, just that we hoped for a full meal there but had to supplement with a definite low (hot dog)

Oct 13, 2009
olia in Manhattan

Madison Square (Park) Mark't

Tried fatty crab's hot dog ($8) on Sunday, it was pretty tasty, but too much bun. Wafels and Dinges is of course delicious and made a good desert.
Overall the offerings made me want to hold out for Shroom burger, but unfortunately the Shake line was looooong (no surprise there)

Oct 13, 2009
olia in Manhattan

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

I have tried doing that thing of having something 5 (or is it 10?) times but w/licorice every time made me shudder, gag, and wash my mouth

Oct 13, 2009
olia in General Topics

3 Day Liquid Diet

Kombucha sounds like it would be a good addition -- little sugar and all kinds of probiotic/B vits

Oct 13, 2009
olia in Not About Food

To Crunch or Not to Crunch -- Edible Cartilage

i always secretly hope that whatever beef dish my bf orders would have some of the "bad" pieces -- cartilage, connective tissue of some sort, collagen bits, or any particularly chewy parts -- he can't eat them but knows i'm willing to help out (i do feel bad for him since that taints his opinion of the meal and we only do that if eating by ourselves not in any company)

Oct 12, 2009
olia in General Topics

High/Low Dining - does anyone else do this?

This reminds me of a bf birthday dinner a couple of years ago when after Uncle Nick's he begged (!) for a street hotdog -- needless to say that on that occasion is was less than satisfying ending to what I hope would have been a nice dinner.

Oct 12, 2009
olia in Manhattan

is there mushroom season in NYC?

Hi,

I'm looking to buy nice mushrooms (chanterelles or cepes) to make mushroom julien (russian-style mushrooms in sour cream sauce) -- right now should be a mushroom season, but I'm not sure if NYC reflects that in quality or prices. What are best places to buy mushrooms that are not super super expense for such a comfort dish?

Thank you!

Oct 06, 2009
olia in Manhattan

Baked Bread - Where is NYC's best baguette?

I'm fortunate enough to have TomCat baguettes at the cafe downstairs at work -- they really do make a sandwich exceptional!

Oct 06, 2009
olia in Manhattan