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Individual-sized portions of nuts or other healthy-type fare

Thanks for the suggestions! I ended up getting several bags of individually-wrapped portions at TJ's. I actually went twice, to get the variety I wanted; they seem to sell out of the different kinds (but I guess that's true of a lot of their stock).

I got some more healthy stuff, like 50%-salted cashews, unsalted almonds, stuff with nuts and dried fruits and then one bag with nuts and some chocolate pieces

I had to refrain myself from opening some of the less healthy varieties!

1 day ago
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Amy's Bread

Ah, I was just about to post the same thing!

Sep 15, 2014
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Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

Yeah, I agree it's good value. My reference to OP's "not expensive" comment was more wondering whether Kayser may be a bit over the top for OP -- I mean it's not overly fancy or anything, but it's also not down to earth street-type food, either.

But, yes, I definitely like Maison Kayser and wouldn't discourage OP or others to give them a try!

Sep 13, 2014
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Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

Dominique Ansel at 58th & Broadway - is that new? I don't see that location listed on their website.

Eric Kayser has a shop on Broadway near 58th. I've enjoyed their fare the handful of times I've visited, though it might not be the "not expensive" feel OP seeks.

Sep 13, 2014
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Is it possible to get a quality cup of coffee between W. 57th St. and W. 84th St.?

I'm not a big coffee drinker, but indie food and wine inside the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center may be worth a try. Sorry, I can't recall offhand what kind of coffee they serve; I think it was Irving Farm, Stumptown or Illy.

Maybe Grandaisy (not great but also maybe not bad given the limited options)?

http://www.indiefoodandwine.com

Sep 13, 2014
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Special dinner: Babbo?

We finally kind of decided against Babbo for our special dinner. I think we may dine in Brooklyn instead that evening. The idea was to then have our *big* dinner at Le Bernardin when we can get a reservation, even if it's not on the special day. But Le B's reservation line opened this past Tuesday for October, and by the time on Tuesday I realized it was "the" day, it was too late. I didn't even bother to try - it was afternoon already, and I figured there was no way to get a desirable time slot for a Saturday night. Oh well. I guess we could always try on October 1 for November.

Sep 05, 2014
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New(-ish) UWS restaurants

Yeah, it could well have been Corvo Bianco -- and here's the NY Times blurb I thought I saw; there's even mention of the arancini that (I think) I remember!

Oh well, doesn't sound as if I missed much.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/03/din...

Sep 05, 2014
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Individual-sized portions of nuts or other healthy-type fare

Wow - cute! :)

I could even have them delivered directly. I'll try to hit TJ's this week and see what kind of selection they have, but FD's selection is definitely worth knowing about -- thanks, kathryn!

Sep 02, 2014
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Individual-sized portions of nuts or other healthy-type fare

Thanks -- I'll keep in mind for the future. I think a gift basket is more elaborate and costly than I'm looking for, on this particular occasion

Sep 02, 2014
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Individual-sized portions of nuts or other healthy-type fare

Perfect! Thank you, ZaZa!

Sep 02, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Individual-sized portions of nuts or other healthy-type fare

I'm fine with buying in bulk, if that means selecting the quantity myself. I just don't want to end up with leftovers that I end up eating! I know WF sells loose nuts and stuff in bulk, but if they sell wrapped stuff that would work - as long as it's more healthy kind of stuff and not really "candy". I guess a few peanut butter cups would be okay. I was also thinking of getting some KIND bars (admittedly, not so high on the healthy-side of things) at TJ's which sells them for a buck each, I think.

Sep 02, 2014
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Individual-sized portions of nuts or other healthy-type fare

I want to put together a basket of goodies for an office. Does anyone know if TJ's sells (larger) bags of individual-sized bags of nuts or dried fruits or other more healthy stuff? Ideally, I'd like to hit some place on the West side (doesn't have to be UWS) to buy the stuff. I don't need a lot, just enough for about 30-40 servings.

Oh, in addition to being individually-wrapped portions, it needs to have a reasonably long shelf-life, i.e., no fresh baked goods or anything

Thanks!

Sep 02, 2014
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Special dinner: Babbo?

Thank you - all great points. Yup, the Le Bernardin menus kind of blew me away, in terms of price point. I guess my reasoning (not saying it's justified, just trying to explain) is that Le B is, yes, more refined and serves food that I certainly couldn't prepare at home and is probably not so easy to replicate elsewhere (though I'm sure 'hounds could come up with substitutes). On the other hand, Babbo's food, while very good the one time I went, doesn't seem quite as unique or "special". Not at all saying that one is necessarily better quality or anything than the other, especially when factoring in cost (to determine "value"), but I just feel that if I want a really (potentially) incredible fish / seafood dinner, Le B's is on the short-list. If I want an incredible Italian meal, the list of options seems quite long.

Appreciate the pointers on dining upstairs as well as steering us away from the pasta tasting menu. That was actually what we had our sole visit years ago. I figured we had just not been hungry enough when we arrived (which is probably true), but I think you make a good point about it being just carb overload. If we go, we'll definitely consider the regular tasting menu or creating our own. I think making our own may be the way to go. I guess I'm actually a kind of light eater, so restaurants serving generous portions don't do much for me. And, actually, when I've done tasting menus in the past (Babbo, Le B, EMP), it was way too much food -- it was actually kind of unappealing to have so many dishes that I ate but didn't really want to, or that I reluctantly skipped.

On that point, I'm really stuffed now, after having an enjoyable and nice dinner outside at China Grill. Not to change the subject, but I've found them consistently good over the years. I don't think the restaurant gets much play on the board, so I figured I would mention it. That said, the restaurant is so ridiculously loud inside that I would only consider dining outdoors, which of course limits when I could go.

Aug 21, 2014
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Pistachio muffins ... from Food Emporium ... Any reviews?

Excellent :)

Aug 21, 2014
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Pistachio muffins ... from Food Emporium ... Any reviews?

Wow. I'll have to check that out - thanks!

Aug 20, 2014
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Special dinner: Babbo?

Eh, thanks for the feedback, everyone. I guess I'm starting to have some ambivalence about Babbo. Actually, I think Le Bernardin was / is kind of a higher pick than Babbo, but somehow Babbo got thrown in given our love of Italian food and a past dinner where our reduced appetite limited our enjoyment.

Maybe I should do a more exhaustive search for where to go; it just takes time and effort and is also kind of a crapshoot in the end. I've always been pleased with Le Bernardin, not that I go regularly and, in fact, haven't been for a few years now.

But I do tend to think that Le Bernardin is "safer" and less likely to disappoint. Babbo may be more "fun" and relaxed, on the other hand. If we decide to go for Le Bernardin, we still need reservations and chances are we will have to go on a day other than the intended celebration day. That would be fine, if not ideal. Okay, we'll need to ponder this. Open to any additional thoughts from folks.

Thanks for all the input!

Aug 20, 2014
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Pistachio muffins ... from Food Emporium ... Any reviews?

Funny. Unfortunately (or not) the Food Emporium by me has closed. But I will now have to look for pistachio muffins the next time I am in a neighborhood with a local Food Emporium

Aug 20, 2014
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Special dinner: Babbo?

Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply, Multifoiled. I tend to agree with you, food served in Italy and Italian food in NY are each distinct in their own way, even if they also share similarities.

I'm still interested to hear any additional guidance or suggestions from other 'hounds, but I'm happy to know that we should be able to enjoy a special and leisurely meal

Aug 20, 2014
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Special dinner: Babbo?

SO and I have a special dinner planned for next month. We managed to score a reservation at Babbo, for 6:15 p.m., but got shut out at Le Bernardin, basically due to negligence (didn't realize they started taking reservations Aug 1 for the entire month of September).

Do we need to worry about being rushed at Babbo? Given the early start time, we're going to want to have a drink, nibbles or whatnot before starting dinner. We may opt for the tasting menu, with wine pairings, in which case we also definitely do not want to be rushed.

Finally, we've been fortunate to have visited Italy recently and even have an upcoming trip planned for later this year. We love Italian food! That said, are we better off enjoying Italian food in Italy and having our sepcial dinner elsewhere?

We're on the wait-list at Le Bernardin. Not sure of the odds, but in case we can get a table, should we take it? I recognize that the food is very different, but based on past experience we would also be very happy to dine at Le Bernardin.

Aug 20, 2014
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Berger Cookies may be victim of trans-fat ban

I also bought some recently. I happened to be pacing the aisles trying to find a dessert that wasn't the standard store-bought fare. I vaguely recalled that the Berger cookies might be what I had read on Chowhound and confirmed that they indeed were, when I got back to my hotel room.

Well, I think I ate one and a tiny part of the second one. I didn't take them with me (why bother) but felt kind of bad about just tossing the almost full package, so I just left them off to the side.

I guess next time I should look for the Otterbein's.

Summer seafood takeout from Bethesda eateries

Mmmmm, sounds yummy -- thanks!

Keeping strawberries fresh ... in yogurt?

Thank you both. I realize my post could have been clearer. What I meant to say is that I only wash what I plan to eat as well as what looks as if it's on the verge of going bad, so I was looking for a "home" for the berries that I couldn't finish eating -- and yogurt made a perfectly acceptable holding place

Aug 04, 2014
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Keeping strawberries fresh ... in yogurt?

How interesting. I would never have guessed that placing strawberries in a jar would preserve them. No strawberries around to test this, but I'll have to try it some time -- thanks

Aug 04, 2014
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Summer seafood takeout from Bethesda eateries

Great, thanks for the endorsement of Freddy's RI-style calamari!

Edit: What does Rhode Island-style mean, how is it actually prepared?

Summer seafood takeout from Bethesda eateries

I know, it's suboptimal to do takeout fried food, but dining-in isn't an option, in this case. We've had Freddy's takeout a couple of times now, and people enjoyed the food, so I think it will be okay (if not ideal). That's another reason to load up now in the warmer summer months. No way would we try this in winter!

Summer seafood takeout from Bethesda eateries

Agreed, but as this will be a special occasion price isn't an issue

Summer seafood takeout from Bethesda eateries

Thanks to this board we discovered Freddy's Lobster and Clams. We love the fried belly clams (a special, I guess - never tried the fried clam strips on the menu) and the lobster roll (cold version). We tried the pasta with clam sauce and thought it was just okay. The NE clam chowder is pretty good

We're planning another takeout meal, a particularly special celebration in this case. I think I noticed fried calamari on Freddy's menu. How is it?

Another idea would be to get some takeout from Black's Bar & Kitchen as well. The online menu shows calamari, both grilled and fried options, as well as fried oysters.

Any experience with any of the above? There's no particular theme to the meal, I guess just high-quality seafood options that work well for takeout and are in restaurants or shops concentrated near Freddy's, since we'll want the food to stay reasonably fresh and hot

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

Keeping strawberries fresh ... in yogurt?

Looking for ways to keep fresh strawberries from rotting. I'm referring to store-bought strawberries sold in a plastic container. I know the best way is to just eat them right away, but what's the next best way to make sure they don't rot?

Of what I don't eat, I'll wash them and "prepare" them (remove stems, cut off any bad parts) and then try to keep them dry (via paper towels) in a bowl stored in the refrigerator.

I'm wondering, if I place the fruit in yogurt will that help to keep them from breaking down?

What else do people do?

Jul 27, 2014
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Balthazar downhill alert?

Thanks for sharing. SO and I went years ago for breakfast and were just thinking we should return for another meal. Now we know better. How disappointing, but I must say that the slice of coconut cake I bought last week, next door at the bakery, was outstanding -- albeit no bargain at $6.50 for a not particularly generous serving.

May 06, 2014
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Wheat berries: Winter vs. spring

Thank you. In that case, I better not mix what's left of the winter berries with the spring ones.

Apr 23, 2014
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