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Tri Tip in Westchester County

Via Brasil in Port Chester has Tri-Tip!!!!
It's located at 116 N. Main St.

It's a funky little place.....from the front, the place doesn't even look like a meat-market........it looks like a thrift shop selling Brazilian chachkies......

......But there is a butcher located in the back of the store and he definitely carries tri-tip.

The first time I went in, I literally stumbled upon the place by accident..........I am a transplant from California and the lack of tri-tip on the east coast has long been a source of frustration........so I was thrilled when I saw that he had tr-tips for sale.

The quality was good......at least as good as what is readily available in southern california markets.....and prices reasonable,

The next time I went in he was actually out of tri-tip, but he was able to get some for me within a couple days. So you may not be able to count on them having it on-hand.....but it seems they can always get it for you within a few days.

Definitely worth checking this place out if you need to find yourself some tri-tip.

The had some pretty good brazilian sausage, too.

Flushing Dim Sum: Menus instead of carts

Gonna be in Flushing this weekend and would like to have some dim sum

Here's the problem:

1) We aren't novices, but we are far from experts
2) Language is a huge barrier....we speak zero Chinese and we don't know the correct Chines name for many items

3) And the clincher: one in our group has a shellfish allergy

So, while we are somewhat adventurous, not being 100% sure what we are ordering/eating isn't an option.

In consideration of the allergy, we would feel a lot more comfortable ordering from a menu as opposed to choosing off the carts.

I know dim sum spots with menus instead of carts exist in Manhattan's Chinatown.......how about in Flushing?

Thanks!

(we know the "best" dim sum comes from a cart.....but as long as it is good, we are willing to pass up the "best")

Mar 25, 2014
jjmerf in Outer Boroughs

Turkish Pistachios?

thanks for the advice.....it looks like a trip to the San Gabriel Valley is in order

And AAQjr.....thanks for the input, but there is a distinct difference between turkish and American pistachios. And while i thoroughly enjoy good quality American nut......there is something special about Turkish pistachios that even the best American version just can't match.....imho, at least.

Dec 19, 2010
jjmerf in Los Angeles Area

Turkish Pistachios?

Does anybody know where to find Turkish Pistachios in SoCal?

I went to a couple of middle eastern markets in Westwood (not sure the names, but they were on the same block of Westood Blvd. as Shaherzad) and I was suprised to find that neither carried Turkish Pistachios. They both had Persian Pistachios....which is better than nothing.....but not nearly as good as Turkish.

Thanks!!!

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Shaherzad
1422 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Dec 04, 2010
jjmerf in Los Angeles Area

J R Seafood on Bayshore Blvd......any opinions?

Thanks for the link......but I was hoping to find out what peoples personal experience has been regarding quality, value and selection.

Thanks again.

Dec 03, 2010
jjmerf in San Francisco Bay Area

J R Seafood on Bayshore Blvd......any opinions?

I just drove by J.R. Seafood (wholesale and retail) on Bayshore Blvd.. which I didn't know existed.

It looks like this could be a very convenient source of quality fish for me, so i jumped online to find out if it is any good. But I was suprised that I couldn't find any references to this place (good or bad) here on Chowhound. It gets some very good reviews on yelp, but I don't trust yelp as far as I can throw it.

So, is anybody familiar with J.R. Seafood? Do they have good quality fish/prices? Do they have ample supply for the retail side (or is it primarily a wholesale business)? What are the pros/cons of this place?

Of particular interest, do they carry live, local crab in season? And, if so, can they cook and clean it?

Thanks!!!!

Dec 03, 2010
jjmerf in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian Recipe for a Real Meat Lover - Please Help!

As an avid meat-lover myself, but with a few vegitarian friends, I have found a great trick that seems to keep everybody happy. Make burgers, but substitute a protabello mushroom for the meat patty. It makes a great vegitarian meal while still appearing familiar to the carnivore in me.

It's also very versitile. I don't have an exact recipe, but you can go with the tradition lettuce, tomato and onion with ketchup, mustard and/or mayo...or you can get fancy with exotic relishes, dressings, blue cheese (assuming she will eat dairy) or whatever you feel like. Essentially, you can make any burger recipe vegitarian by simply substituting a portabello mushroom. You can also tailor this dish to any "level" of vegitarianism....if can be made entirely vegan if necessary, or for the less strict vegitarian you can include dairy.

No matter what other condiments and fillings I am going to use, though, I always marinade the mushrooms in plain old italian dressing before I grill them...works like a charm.

Good Luck!

Jan 20, 2010
jjmerf in Home Cooking

"License to Grill": Fetuccini with grilled sausage, corn and basil...need help with recipe

One of my favorite bbq cookbooks is "License to Grill" by Schlesinger and Willoughby. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost the book, and I was planning to cook one of their recipies tomorrow night. I was hoping somebody could help me.

The meal I am planning to make is the Fettuccini with grilled sausage, corn and basil. (I know it wont be nearly as good without fresh summer corn, but it's still tasty and a great way to get your grilling fix during the winter)

I don't need the full recipe....as long as I know the ingredients I can improvise from there. It's been a while, but here are the ingredients I remember:

Pasta
Sausage
Corn
Tomato
Basil
Olive Oil
Parm. Cheese
Garlic (I think)
Salt
Pepper

Are there any other ingredients that I am forgettin?

THANKS!!!!!

Jan 20, 2010
jjmerf in Home Cooking

Schlesinger and Willoughby: Recipe Discussion, Links, & Previous Picks and Pans

This was one of my favorite bbq cookbooks. In particular, I loved the "Grilled sausage with corn over fettuccine with tomatoes and basil (pg. 99)" from License to Grill. I did make a few revisions, though. I used penne instead of fettuccini and I cut back on the amount of sasuage (the recipe called for WAY too much sausage.

Unfortunately, I have a problem. I have lost the cookbook and I was hoping to cook that dish this weekend. (I know, it's winter and the recipe wont be nearly as good without fresh summer corn, but it's still tasty!)

I don't need the full recipe....as long as I know the ingredients I can improvise from there. It's been a while, but here are the ingredients I remember:

Pasta
Sausage
Corn
Tomato
Basil
Olive Oil
Parm. Cheese
Garlic (I think)
Salt
Pepper

Are there any other ingredients that I am forgettin?

Thanks!

Jan 20, 2010
jjmerf in Home Cooking

Traditional Irish Breakfast in L.A.?

When I visit family on the east coast, there are multiple restaurants that serve an excellent "Traditional Irish Breakfast," which consists of eggs, rashers (Irish bacon), black pudding, white pudding, Irish sausage, grilled or fried tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and Irish brown bread (ideally) or soda bread,

However, I have not been able to find anywhere that serves a really good version in L.A. I know many of the Irish pubs offer an "Irish Breakfast" of some sort but, so far, the best I've found is O'Briens in Santa Monica. It was decent, but far from great and nothing compared to what my family enjoys on the east coast!

So, does anybody know of a place in L.A. that prepares a great "Irish Breakfast?" I currently live on the West Side, but I am open to suggestions throughout L.A.

Thanks!

Oct 27, 2008
jjmerf in Los Angeles Area

Italian Deli near Culver City?

Skip Sorrento and go to Bay Cities in Santa Monica. The drive is well worth the effort. Sorrento is ok, but I have never been back once I discovered Bay Cities!

Aug 14, 2008
jjmerf in Los Angeles Area

cajun - creaole

I need to second Ragin' Cajun in Hermosa Beach. Easily the best Cajun food i've had outside of Louisiana.

Nov 12, 2007
jjmerf in Los Angeles Area