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Commonly mispronounced foods

I have a friend who is notoriously bad at pronouncing non-English food words. These mispronunciations aren't common but they still amuse me: "fay-ta" for feta, "pan-setta" for pancetta, and "beckamel" for bechamel.

Also, I nearly pull my hair out when I hear people say chez "pa-nee" for Chez Panisse because they think dropping all "s" sounds is what you do with French names.

And I totally agree with EWSflash about habanero.

Jan 20, 2014
el Mitch in Food Media & News

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Attention New Yorkers who are looking for fresh masa: Hot Bread Kitchen in East Harlem (at La Marqueta on Park Ave & 115th) sells fresh masa made from blue, yellow, or white corn. It's only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and you have to call ahead to order it for $3/lb.

Nov 28, 2013
el Mitch in Home Cooking

Recommendations for where to buy duck breast in UES/Carnegie Hill/Yorkville

Thanks everyone! I ended up ordering from Holland Court.

Nov 18, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Recommendations for where to buy duck breast in UES/Carnegie Hill/Yorkville

Hi everyone, I'm in need of a couple boneless duck breasts for Thanksgiving dinner. Any recommendations for where to get some? I was planning to check all the neighborhood butcher shops I know of (Schaller & Weber, Holland Court Meat Market, Lobel's, Citarella, Ottomanelli, Prime) but figured it might be more efficient to ask a knowledgeable group of chowhounds first.

Nov 12, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Senegalese Chicken soup recipes? Or other chicken soups that are made with chicken & peanuts/peanut butter?

I just tried Hale & Hearty's Senegalese chicken soup today and would love to make something like it at home (especially on cold, snowy days). Looking forward to trying your recipe, thanks!

Nov 07, 2012
el Mitch in Home Cooking

Best coffee near Columbia!

And Oren's on Broadway and 112th

Nov 05, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Good Coffee UWS

The coffee bean has a few locations on the UWS too.

Nov 03, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Need restaurant Rex's for the Upper Upper East side!

In addition to what's already been mentioned:

Nick's on 2nd Ave and 94th is a decent sit-down pizza place. Cafe d'Alsace on 2nd Ave and 88th is a mid-price restaurant with French-German food. For standard Thai takeout within walking distance, I usually go to Gong on 99th near 3rd Ave. Joy Burger on Lex and 100th is popular too; Shake Shack on 86th is another casual burger option.

For bakeries/desserts, you cannot beat Two Little Red Hens on 2nd Ave between 86th and 85th! Plenty on 3rd Ave between 83rd and 82nd is also good. And Glaser's on 1st Ave and 87th is a lovably crusty old bakery (cheap too).

Finally, here are some previous threads that you might also find helpful:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/830118
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/868515

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Oct 25, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Battery Park area restaurants

There's also a Luke's Lobster on S. William St. for lobster rolls.

Sep 29, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Cheap bakery?

It's out of the area you'd like, but Glaser's on 1st Ave and 87th is cheap and pretty good.

Sep 29, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

cheap, casual on the UES?

For vegetarian options, Maoz has a new-ish stand in Central Park on 5th Ave and 106th (though I'm not sure if it'll be open year-round). Brick Lane Curry looks like it's opening soon on 3rd Ave and 93rd.

For pastries, I second the recommendation for Two Little Red Hens! There's also Plenty. Sadly I don't know of any other ice cream shops in the area aside from the even-more-soulless Baskin Robbins. London Candy Co. has interesting British-themed ice cream made by Je & Jo but it comes pre-packed in tiny cups (for $5 each). Maybe Shake Shack? I ran into the Coolhaus truck in front of the Met once, but it isn't one of their regular spots.

Sep 16, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Best Food At A Bar For Football Watching?

How about the Horsebox on Ave. A and 14th? They don't serve food but you can bring your own. Lots of takeout options.

Sep 05, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

What to get from X'ian if you're from LA

I recommend both kinds of noodles. They have liang pi (cold skin) which uses wheat flour and rice flour, I think. The hand-ripped noodles are wheat noodles. You can get them with pork or spongy wheat gluten pieces. There is a pork burger too if you don't like lamb but want a burger (it's ok... meaty and cheap).

Sep 05, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Sun Ming Jan, Inc. for Lop Cheong/Chinese Sausage and Zhongzi/Joong

Yes! I recently made a stop there as well after seeing recommendations from other chowhounds.

Sep 01, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Asian Grocery Store

Awesome! Glad I could help.

Aug 30, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Asian Grocery Store

Hong Kong Supermarket on the NE corner of Elizabeth and Hester. The fridge case on the far right wall toward the back of the store has a huge selection of tofu products, including shredded dried tofu (豆干絲, dòugānsī).

Aug 28, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

NYC Ramen Recommendations

Another vote for Totto Ramen. They've been consistently good and I like their cold (hiyashi) ramen, which is only available in the summer. The largest party they'll seat is 4. There's usually a crush of people and long waits when it opens at noon, but things get a little better after a couple hours (what I've noticed on weekdays, anyway).

Minca and Kambi aren't bad either, and Ippudo feels more stylish/classy as another poster pointed out, but the food is good. I've been meaning to try Jin Ramen as well, since it's been so highly recommended.

Aug 28, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Maison Keyser pn the UES: any reports?

Agreeing with most of the other reports here... Breads are really good, pastries are all right. Brioche was good too.

Aug 26, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Maison Keyser pn the UES: any reports?

Baguettes are $2.75, and they have one kind (baguette Monge).

Aug 26, 2012
el Mitch in Manhattan

Do You Have A Favorite FINGER FOOD recipe?

Stuffed peppadew peppers! http://www.thekitchn.com/afternoon-sn.... Also, gougeres or bite-sized savory biscuits with herbs, cheese, etc.

Apr 23, 2012
el Mitch in Home Cooking

White Bean, Radish, and Snap Pea Salad

Jun 11, 2011
el Mitch in Recipes

A Mexican Thanksgiving

Sounds delicious! How about substituting chorizo for crumbled sausage in stuffing?

Nov 20, 2010
el Mitch in Home Cooking

Don't Get Duped on Heritage Turkey

I was going to say the same thing that rockfish42 pointed out: genetic engineering (splicing "foreign" genes into an organism's DNA) and selective breeding (picking out certain animals to mate with each other, based on desired traits) are two different things. One has to be done in a lab and the other has been around since humans figured out how to domesticate animals. Commodity corn, soy, and cotton are genetically engineered in the U.S. (and GMO salmon is under review), but that's about it.

Nov 20, 2010
el Mitch in Features

UES restaurant for group with varying tastes?

Cascabel (Mexican) on 2nd Ave and 80th has vegetarian tacos and lots of vegetarian sides and appetizers to choose from. Beyoglu (Turkish) on 3rd Ave and 81st also has lots of un-boring veggie options.

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Beyoglu
200 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Nov 01, 2010
el Mitch in Manhattan

Blue Cheese Pizza and Good Ingredient Pairings?

+ another 1 for pears! Pizza with thinly sliced pears, blue cheese, walnuts/pecans, and arugula is a favorite in my home. My local pizza place also does thinly sliced potato with gorgonzola and a few basil leaves.

Nov 01, 2010
el Mitch in Home Cooking

Treviso radicchio - how do I tame its bitterness?

Thanks for the suggestions! Incidentally, this video is planted in the sidebar for me: http://www.chow.com/videos/show/chow-...
Good targeting by the web team :)

Nov 01, 2010
el Mitch in Home Cooking

Treviso radicchio - how do I tame its bitterness?

I have a beautiful large-ish head of Treviso radicchio from my CSA that is very very bitter. I know this is just the way the vegetable is, but that harsh bitter edge at the end of every bite is a little bit too intense for our tastes. Any tips for how to subdue it?

Nov 01, 2010
el Mitch in Home Cooking

backyard wedding catering - Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, North Orange County

Thanks for all the suggestions! We ended up going with Huntington Catering Co. and were very, very happy with everything. Good food, very reasonable prices, and the entire staff was so friendly and great to work with. I felt like my guests and I were in great hands. Highly recommended!

Jun 28, 2010
el Mitch in Los Angeles Area

backyard wedding catering - Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, North Orange County

I just heard back from Auntie Em's and unfortunately, they're not available on my set date. Bummer! I've edited the original post.

Dec 29, 2009
el Mitch in Los Angeles Area

backyard wedding catering - Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, North Orange County

It's time for me to pick a caterer for my backyard wedding in Walnut (just south of the 10 freeway, near where the 60 and 57 meet), and Chowhound has been a great help!

So far we've checked out Auntie Em's (unavailable for the date I'm planning on, unfortunately), Happy Trails, Elements Kitchen, Patina, and Primal Alchemy. Just wanted to hear about any experiences with these places, and any further suggestions for good caterers in the area.

Dec 29, 2009
el Mitch in Los Angeles Area