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Branching out in the East Village

I'm really glad you liked it. And yes, the Ouzi. Not at all on my radar but yes, it's great. Thanks, both of you, for reminding me of it.

Aug 13, 2015
rose water in Manhattan

groats? kamut? help me clean out my cabinets!

Wow, that sounds awesome, thanks. Too bad the dried figs were totally unsalvageable! And I can't really believe I've got to go out and buy some sunflower seeds! We have lots of the other stuff called for (assuming your ground flax seed substitution).

Aug 03, 2015
rose water in Home Cooking

What dish from which restaurant do you crave most often? What's the runner-up?

Wait, you can get a shroom burger without cheese? Really? The cheese is totally overwhelming. That's so good to know!

Aug 02, 2015
rose water in Manhattan

Greenmarket Rant

Agree 100%. No produce anywhere competes with the extraordinary stuff i get from my CSA. (Hmmm...maybe that greens vendor on the north end of the Columbia University Thursday market. But otherwise I stand by my claim!). They are still looking for members, go until November, and will prorate the cost if you sign up now: roxburyfarm.com

Aug 02, 2015
rose water in Manhattan

groats? kamut? help me clean out my cabinets!

I was wrong--it's not kasha, it's whole grain kamut.

Aug 02, 2015
rose water in Home Cooking

groats? kamut? help me clean out my cabinets!

Thanks! I haven't yet gone through the ancient dried fruit we have...if any of them make the cut, this seems like a great way to use them all up as well!

Aug 02, 2015
rose water in Home Cooking

What dish from which restaurant do you crave most often? What's the runner-up?

raw fish things from momofuku ssam
miso ramen from jin ramen

Aug 02, 2015
rose water in Manhattan

groats? kamut? help me clean out my cabinets!

Sorry I didn't specify. These are the post-purge things that survived the sniff test!

Aug 02, 2015
rose water in Home Cooking

groats? kamut? help me clean out my cabinets!

I'm on a big cabinet purge and have all sorts of things I am never going to use unless you inspire me. What on earth do I do with buckwheat groats? Oat groats? Kasha?
We also seem to have a lifetime supply of pumpkin seeds and flax seeds. Those I know how to use up little by little, but the amount we have is ridiculous!

Edited: KAMUT, not kasha!

Aug 02, 2015
rose water in Home Cooking

Branching out in the East Village

I go to the East Harlem branch more than EV, but their menus are the same. A lot of things--their garlicky roasted chicken over lentil puree, their green pizza (leeks and herbs), their hummous (not exciting for me elsewhere but outstanding there), the cheese roll, the tabouli is bright and fresh (again, not particularly exciting elsewhere).

Yes, Zaragoza is a little bodega, but you can get a small selection of cooked food there. My favorite part is the intimacy--music on, old guys standing around chatting with the staff, and the super lovely staff.

Aug 01, 2015
rose water in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

Zaragoza is simple, with limited options, but wonderful.
Moustache has a limited menu but does what it does really really well.
I've never been a big fan of Iranian food places in NY but have ended up at Ravagh in midtown a few times lately. Their koubideh kabob is awesome. I assume (but don't know for sure) the EV one is related.

Jul 27, 2015
rose water in Manhattan

Moving to New York from the UK. Shopping advice needed!

Oh, Zaragoza is the biggest thing I miss about my old days living in the LES.

Jul 27, 2015
rose water in Manhattan
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Stroller friendly?

I did ok at Momofuku Ssam for lunch at an off hour. Chelsea market is also a good idea

Jul 09, 2015
rose water in Manhattan

Louro closing

such awful news!!!

Jun 04, 2015
rose water in Manhattan

My brain has taken a vacation. Need some suggestions, please

kohlrabi, diced small, with the chicken cut up, whatever fresh herbs you've got, some lime and olive oil?

May 18, 2015
rose water in Home Cooking
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Round out my Atlantic Ave run

We're having about 50 friends (including lots of kids) over and plan to get:

Damascus--cheese cones, meat cones, mini spinach pies, mini meat pies, muhammara, lots of pita

Sahadi's--cheese, dried fruit, nuts, olives

Will also have crudites, and pasta, and junk food for the kids

Help round this out, from Oriental Grocery/Waterfalls/etc if necessary. Who has the best kabobs? Your favorite grape leaves? Baba ghanooj? Hummus, Tomato-y eggplant stuff? Anything else?

Thanks in advance!

May 18, 2015
rose water in Outer Boroughs

Lunch near Hunter College High School (94th & Park)

Yeah, there's also ABV on 97th/Lex, run by the same group. Oysters and a good beer?

Jan 30, 2015
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Do I use dry, fresh or roasted shallots in maust-o-museer?

wonderful, thanks! how fine do you grind? to powder, or to small chunks?

(and i have a dear family member named soheila; it's both fun and surreal to see your name here!)

Dec 17, 2014
rose water in Home Cooking

Moving to 129th and Lenox-and I'm vegetarian...

Welcome to the neighborhood!

If you do want to cook for yourself, I highly recommend the Central Harlem CSA (as I did on the link above). Corbin Hill's produce isn't as amazing as Roxbury Farm which supplies the Central Harlem CSA, but you have lots of great options to buy organic beans, dairy, eggs, etc. If you're feeling even more righteous in your food related labor, join the Williamson community gardens (128th and 129th btwn 5th/Lenox) and grown your own.

SO TOTALLY NOT WHAT YOU ASKED!

Uptown veg is delicious, but there's only so much highly flavored/ salt/ oil intensive fake meat one can take. Never been to Island Salad. The steam table soul food places are actually quite good, and I appreciate that both Jacob's and Manna's label whether the collards have meat in them, etc. Red Rooster is great but expensive and not an every day place. Can buy Stumptown coffee at Lenox Coffee. One visit each to Chez Luciene and Harlem Social and not particularly inclined to go back. Could do worse than veggie burgers at Harlem Shake. Wild Olive is a small natural foods-y grocery store that I appreciate having in the neighborhood. Zoma is great, Ethiopian place on 135th is good. Some 116th St Mexican places deliver. Moustache, Cafe Ollin, Patsy's, Jin Ramen, Dinosaur aren't too far away. Dinosaur's veg stuff is great.

The wine shop on 116th and FBD is good and the staff is super helpful.

Dec 17, 2014
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The Red Rooster - anybody been?

I think it's worth going to. The drinks are generally outstanding, food ranges from so-so to really great, the beautiful people are beautiful. But the service can be flakey, and it's on the expensive side. If people go in with understandably high expectations, or concerns about how they're spending their finite $$, I can see how they might be disappointed.

Nov 24, 2014
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Possible to do a foodie-level lunch in UES with 2 toddlers?

Well, if you do, there's the Plaza food court nearby. It has a wide array of food stalls where you can get great lobster rolls, among other things. I find it stressful with children, as it's crowded and the tall stools are tough to come by.

Oct 21, 2014
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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

fascinating. the poor international market, with exports of such awfulness headed their way!

Sep 10, 2014
rose water in Food Media & News

Easy Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

what's the benefit of doing this in the slow cooker over the oven? the major barrier to making crumble for me is actually getting the ingredients together to make the topping. once i have, i can't really imagine waiting 4 hours. and, as others have said, my favorite part is the crisp bits.

Jul 19, 2014
rose water in Features

Hooray for summer markets!

There's a small market at the Moshulu Parkway 4 train stop on Wednesdays. The Amish vendors have amazing, sweet, ripe peaches. Juice dripping all over your face wonderful. And wonderful sweet, crisp kirby cukes. Their tomatoes are meh. The other vendor at the market had nice sugar plums but I haven't sampled yet.

161st St/Grand Concourse market on Tuesdays Red Jacket orchards had sour cherries last week. Swoon! But their apricots and peaches are only okay. Can't wait for their plums.

What are your Bx favorites?

Jul 16, 2014
rose water in Outer Boroughs

First Ave Pierogi Deli - Soon to be a Manhattan Memory

NO! Quick, if you haven't been before, go, get their peirogies. Any idea how well they'd freeze?

This is terrible news!

Jun 24, 2014
rose water in Manhattan

Humanely raised pork?

if you're going to shambles, also get the cornish pasties or other meat pies. ridiculously good.

Jun 02, 2014
rose water in Manhattan

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

It's been a while since I was last at Sahadi's but I've definitely bought farro there. In the bags with the lentils and things right when you walk in the door.

May 20, 2014
rose water in Outer Boroughs

Why.....just why???...........5lbs Gummy Bear

I love that it's listed as gluten free. Really?!

Apr 22, 2014
rose water in General Topics

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

nope. sahadi's is as inexpensive as it gets, for just about everything.

Apr 09, 2014
rose water in Outer Boroughs
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Best Indian in Edison or thereabouts

Red Pepper is awesome, particularly their vegetarian fare. Much less excited about their rubbery flavorless chicken.

Mar 31, 2014
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