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Salad Pizza in Westchester?

Funny, JMF, you're the second person I've come across that has heard that "salad pizza" has local origins. I've done some digging and couldn't actually prove it, though--which is killing me!

Salad Pizza in Westchester?

Looking for diners' favorites for my blog at Westchester Magazine.

Moving to Fleetwood Mt. Vernon

Ripe is definitely open -- Chef Spence was just featured on Bobby Flay's Throwdown and won. And I have to agree with Laylag that the food at Bayou stinks. We went there recently and it wasn't even passable bar food --pretty much inedible. Bayou does get great touring bar bands, though--just arrive well fed.
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Westchester Ice Cream Spots???

I think you just can't beat Paleteria Fernadez--independently owned, no carrageenan or crappy, novel mix-ins like gummi bears, interesting flavors and all hand made. We're incredibly ucky to have it--and don't overlook New Rochelle's la Flor de Michoacan I and II. Great paletas, great aguas frescas.

Fairway coming to Westchester, could it be true?

It has to do with population density--Trader Joe's 3 stores are smack dab in the most populous part of the county. There are images on Westchester.gov--the data book--that show where the highest concentration of people and higher income Westchester residents are--and it's right where Trader Joe's plopped there stores. I'd be surprised if Fairway deviated from that model.

Westchester Ice Cream Spots???

They were good, but what was so cool was that each piece was really, really crisp on the outside -- like you had to forceably crack into it with your fork. Then the large, vanilla scented, slightly gooey and soft tapioca pearls sort spilled out in a lucious way. There was a major--and kinda improbable--textural difference.

Westchester Ice Cream Spots???

Hi Rawtunafan--
There was a green paleta on the July Best of Westchester cover--and it was definitely from Paleteria Fernandez. There's a larger photo on page 85, with a description on 84. The piece that I was referring to is actually in the August Dining issue, just out now. It's a Latin-American food crawl of Port Chester, page 74. It's cover is a shot of the puffy sugar doughnuts at Scarsdale's Backals. And yes, that's a single serving of doughnuts.

Westchester Ice Cream Spots???

Hi Adamclyde--
Yes--it's run by a Columbian family, and they have flavors like arequipe (Colombian dulce de leche) and choco milo--a crumbly, Nestles Quik like mix popular in South America. BTW--the Westchester Mag roundup we worked on together mentions this--and it's out on newstands now. (I misplaced your email--I'll send you a couple of copies if you email me.). Julia

Westchester Ice Cream Spots???

Own made--with chemicals and stabilizers!

Fairway coming to Westchester, could it be true?

Stew's or Turco's really isn't in the same league--or even, as Laylag says, on the same culinary planet. Stews has crappy, machine-made, pre cut cheese, choice (and not prime) meats, and no real depth of selection in either cheese or meats. They're cheap, but the quality is much lower. Plus, it's not really set up for avid cooks or discriminating eaters. Fairway has all sorts of exotic, imported foods, ranging from Maldon salt to fig cakes to salt-packed anchovies to truffles. You can get prime beef, organic chickens, buffalo, D'Artagnan duck and wild boar sausages, rabbit, squab, poussin, and a thousand types of ham hock, fat back, bacon. Basicaly--you name it, they have it. Cheese selection is excellent--plus you can get fresh boutique ricotta, Italian mascarpone, creme fraiche, French feta, Normandy butter, caviar, and smoked salmon in fifteen different varieties. Basically--as a loyal fan of the 125th street location--I have never been stumped there once, and I am an avid cook. Plus, Fairway stays on trend like you wouldn't believe--if you read about a new gourmet product in Food and Wine, The NYTimes or Gourmet, chances are that you'll find it at Fairway within the week if it wasn't there first. Finally, the prices on elite imported ingredients like cheese, olives, fancy charcuterie, etc. are so much better than at Wholefoods that if you wind up buying this stuff, it actually pays to shlepp down to Harlem. I live in New Rochelle, and I go often--the coffee prices alone make it worth the trip/toll.

Westchester Caribbean/West Indian bakery?

Thanks, Marge. I know that Mount Vernon has a huge Caribbean population--in fact, there's a funny ice cream store (the Ice Cream Factory)that makes Caribbean flavored ice creams. The Stout is really good, plus soursop, and Grape Nuts. I'll check them out. Oh, and thanks for Churrasqiera Ribatejo--we went a couple of weeks ago and had a fine, very huge meal. The octopus salad would have been a bargain at twice the price

Wusthof sale in Briarcliff/Ossining is really worth the trip--but go early

They have lots of their best quality, full-tang "Grand-Prix" chef's knives for under $40, plus tons of perfectly good, $15 (9"/10")plastic handled chef's knives, excellent cheap kitchen shears, blocks, etc. Dirt cheap, high quality full tang paring knives(and you can never have too many of those!). Plus, they'll sharpen any knife (even a Henckel) for $1. I'm really fussy about my knives, I have good ones and usually sharpen them myself because many pro sharpeners can take off too much--but Wusthof did the best sharpening job I've seen. I'll definitly be going back even at full price ($2 per knife). The warehouse is on Rte. 9 just over the Briarcliff/Ossining border in Ossining--good luck!

Westchester Caribbean/West Indian bakery?

I could swear that there was a good Caribbean/West Indian bakery in Westchester, but I can't for the life of me remember where. Does this ring any bells with anyone?

Buffet de la Gare, Hastings, NY

Another option might be Encore Bistro, Larchmont. The food isn't particularly creative, but it is flawlessly executed--it's like a French diner serving gallic comfort food to the large (proportionately)French population of Larchmont. You'll find steak frites, moules mariniere, roasted chicken, salade parisienne, pates, croque monsieur--not fancy, just well done and reasonably priced. The French community settled in Larchmont for proximity to the French American school--families of execs who want to keep the kids in a french-style education while they're stationed in NYC. There's another French-for-the-French resto in Larchmont, on the corner of Chasworth and Palmer. I've never been, but I hear it's fairly authentic, tho more expenive and ambitious than Encore.

Tacos al pastor in New Rochelle, Little Mexican Cafe

I just came back and it's the real deal--chili rubbed pork, strung onto an upright rotisserie (v. similar to the rig they use at Lefteris Gyro)and capped with a pineapple slice. At the bottom is an onion, but I can't see that it adds flavor unless they collect the drippings. The whole assembly is spit roasted in a contraption with flame panels, like an upright infra-red broiler. The meat is sliced off the spit, caramelized briefly on the grill (just like lefteris) and then served in a gently toasted soft corn taco--$2. It's my new favorite thing at Little Mexican Cafe--it's tender, delicious, divinely peppery.

Best Supermarket Westchester

actually--they changed that. You can spend any amount(even for a cup of coffee) and the parking is validated for one hour. After that (and it's easy to go over) you have to pay.

Great hot chocolate in westchester

I had a Peruvian co-worker (when i was cooking for a living) who used to drink hot milk , sweetened and spiced with cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg. Just heated--not cooked down. I always found this very intriguing. Have you come across this in your travels?

Chinese Takeout in the Movies and on Television

I actually do own some cheesy plastic chopsticks, just like you get in the restaurants. They come in a pack of 16 or 20, go right in the DW and cost about $2. And no--I don't eat out of the container because it's impossible to get the rice/entree in the same bite! I like to place single bites of the protein next to/over the rice so I can get a bit of both at once--but I don't pour the entree over the rice, making a soup. That's gross, plus impossible to eat with sticks.

Oct 06, 2006
JSexton in Not About Food

Soup Dumplings?

I love them, even though the trend has passed. Where can I get the best? I like the pork soup dumplings at Grand Sichuan in Chelsea--who else has good ones?

Oct 06, 2006
JSexton in Manhattan

best clam pizza?

You've got to go to Frank Pepe's, Fairfield 238 Commerce Drive, Fairfield, CT 203-333-PEPE (7373) . It's closer than the Pepe's in New Haven, but it's still a haul from manhattan. Get a zip car and take 3 friends--it's worth the trip. Plus, you can get a Foxon Park old school birch beer, brewed in CT.

Oct 06, 2006
JSexton in Manhattan

Best Supermarket Westchester

We've given up the idea of one-stop-shopping. You just can't get the products you want for the prices you want all in one place. Here are our heavy hitters:
Fairway 125th Street: cheeses, meats, gourmet items, coffee. We live in New Rochelle and go in the afternoon or evening, non-rush hour,check channel 61 first for traffic. It's about a 20-25 minute drive, or a bit longer than our drive to Wholefoods. The cakes and pastries are NOT good, but the breads come from some respectable bakeries
Costco: toilet paper, tissues, laundry detergent, non-food grocery items. Don't buy actual food there.
Trader Joes: organic milk, eggs, cream (not ultrapasteurized), health and beauty aids, excellent flavored crisps. Excellent health foods--cereals, protein bars, juices. DON'T buy cheese (all mass produced and plastic wrapped)or fruit (all pre-bagged -- for every good piece, you get a damaged piece). Baged salads are fine, though.
Wholefoods: if traffic is bad, whatever we can't get at Fairway. Also good convenience and health foods, reasonable sandwiches, good (but pricy) meats. Loss leader pricing on some dairy items (milk, yogurt, eggs, cream), great for bakers and home cooks (organic, higher butterfat butter, for instance.)The cakes are pretty good and it's a cleaner, more pleasant shopping experience than Fairway. You're paying for it, though.
In a pinch: we end up at Stop and Shop. Good sales, good basic inventory, fine for little emergencies and cat food.
Kam Sen: Asian foods, fish, pork products, produce. I'm an avid cook, and I've never ONCE not found what I've needed at Kam Sen. You just have to look.

Great hot chocolate in westchester

Not even cinnamon? I've seen chocolate and cinnamon paired, around here anyway, at a couple of south American (not Mexican) places.

chinese pork buns

momofuku's pork buns are incredible, just a perfect food. But then, everything at momofuku is perfect. The pork buns can't technically be Chinese with Berkshire pork (plus, they might even have kim chi)--but they're the BEST.

Oct 05, 2006
JSexton in Manhattan

Great hot chocolate in westchester

Thanks, adamclyde--that's exactly what I'm looking for. I noticed your champurrada post for PF before, and it ws definately on my list. (BTW--have you checked out the tacos al pastor at Little Mexican Cafe yet?)Good to know about the Kneaded Bread, too--I love those guys. I'd love to find some of the spiced Mexican-style hot chocolate. I knew home cooks who made it with Mexican bar chocolate and spices like cinnamon--maybe even chili, as in LisaM's post.

Azul Bistro, am I crazy or this is really wrong? [moved from Manhattan board]

In my opinion, in some cases this is reasonable behavior for a restaurant, in others, it's not. The criteria, for me, is the type of restaurant. If you spent lots of money during your 90 minutes, as I'm guessing you did, on apps and wine and dessert and coffee--then clearly, you have the right to the time at the table to consume them. However--at Grand Sichuan in Chelsea on a packed Sunday night -- we were once unceremoniously told "You go now!" by our favorite, take no prisoners waitress. It was our fault--there was no wine, no dessert, just us gabbing endlessly while people were lined up along 9th desperate for a table. Suddenly realizing how selfish we were, we apologised to the waitress, thanked her and left--to contine our engrossing chat outside.

Oct 04, 2006
JSexton in Not About Food

Great hot chocolate in westchester

Where's the best Mexican style hot chocolate? Parisian style (using bar chocolate and frothed)? How about good ol' American style--maybe even with a marshmallow? Just looking for the greats--Swiss Miss need not apply. Thanks--

British Food - Better than Reputation?

M & S is incredible--great food, great value, no pomp. Love their strange crisps, like lancashire sausage and sage. Waitrose is great as well, though pricier than M & S, sort of a gourmet supermarket similar, but not exactly like, Wholefoods.

Oct 03, 2006
JSexton in General Topics

Cheap eats in Northern Westchester

Fab--I'm on them. Sadly, they're closed on Tuesdays all day so I can't get a menu. Here's the address and phone: Churrasqiera Ribatejo 39 Spring Street, Ossining (914) 941-5928. Any other great, cheap finds? I've got sm. plates at Temptation Tea, Churrasq. Rib., any other upcounty restos of frequent, happy resort?

British Food - Better than Reputation?

I suspect the "British food is bad" joke started during WWII, when there were lots of US troops stationed in the UK. Of course, the island nation was practically encircled by enemies and much of the food was dire--no imports, and whatever they could grow went toward the troops. While we had rationing in the US, it was nowhere near as awful as the rationing in England--they still rationed sugar well into the 'Fifties (hence the national sweet tooth). There was a great book called Bombers and Mash about English food during the war, wartime recipes, etc., that sent shivers down my spine--lots of ersatz food, lots of cabbage, lots of dreadful privation. There just was nothing to eat--the island was blockaded, and had been dependent on European imports prior to the war.
The non-wartime English food was about as good or bad as American food prior to the war: lots of roasts, chops, fluffy roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding, sausages, trifle, excellent cheeses. Even now, the quality of the English-raised, grass fed meats that you'll find in, say, a Sainsbury (a big, not-particularly-gourmet English supermarket) is far better than the meat you get at any American supermarket, plus you can get creamline milk at the supermarket, 48% milkfat double cream (not ultrapasteurized, like in the US), organic sausages, better yogurt, lovely frozen food, more organic and biodynamic products. British cheesemongers are not forced to refrigerate their cheeses and wrap them in plastic, as they are in the US by the health department, This means that the cheese can breathe and ripen naturally, as it has done for literally centuries. I think English food (at the supermarket level) is far, far better than American food at the supermarket level.
That being said, I think the London restaurant scene is not as vibrant or dynamic (and it doesn't hit the real highs) of the New York scene. However--excellent South Asian food, that we (in New York, anyway) can't come near. There are subtle cultural differences between , say, NY and London that effect the restaurant scene. For one thing, New Yorkers depend far more heavily on take out and cheap eats than Londoners--consequently, the cheap food scene in NY is incredible good and vibrant. Londoners tend to cook simple meals at home instead of getting take out 4 nights a week (as many do in NY)--things like simple fry ups wiith those great sausages--so the suopermarkets might be better.

Oct 03, 2006
JSexton in General Topics

Cheap eats in Northern Westchester

Churrasqiera Ribatejo sounds fabulous--but how cheap is it? Octopus and other seafood entrees sounds pricy. Can you get an app, an entree (and maybe a beer/or glass of wine) for under $25?