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Substitutes for Cento Light Tuna Packed in Olive Oil

Thank you. It's probably not so straightforward and simple, but I'll ask, anyway: of the three tunas you described - light / Skipjack, Albacore and Yellowfin / Ahi - which one is the "healthiest"? Is the mercury aspect of Albacore viewed as significant enough, to want to avoid eating Albacore tuna?

about 7 hours ago
uwsgrazer in General Topics

Substitutes for Cento Light Tuna Packed in Olive Oil

Thank you. I'll be on the lookout for Genova yellowfin in olive oil, I'd like to try it.

Is yellowfin tuna the same thing as light tuna -- is it just another way of saying the same thing?

about 18 hours ago
uwsgrazer in General Topics

Substitutes for Cento Light Tuna Packed in Olive Oil

My local grocer used to put this tuna on sale, 2/$5. Lately, the price has been over $4 per can, though. Amazon seems to have a competitive price currently, though that's not always been the case -- plus I'm a bit reluctant to load up on 2 dozen cans.

Are there decent alternatives, for less money? For example, does Whole Foods have a 365 brand that is comparable?

I tend to use the tuna is prepared salads, so the tuna doesn't have to be solid, by the way.

Thanks!

http://www.amazon.com/Cento-Light-Tun...

about 20 hours ago
uwsgrazer in General Topics

Wine merchant with good prices and selection

Do Wine Library and Wine Shopper offer good prices, or is there another reason they've been getting most of your wine business of late? At least one of them seems to ship to my parents' home state. I'd love to be able to ship them wine to use at family gatherings

Sep 30, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Wine merchant with good prices and selection

TJ's Reserve wines as in Trader Joe's? Are these available at Wine Warehouse or do you have to buy them from TJ's on 14th Street?

Thanks again for the name of your red wine "expert"!

Sep 30, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Wine merchant with good prices and selection

Thank you for all the great feedback! I'm sorry for not responding sooner (kept meaning to, and stuff interfered ...).

I will definitely combine Wine Warehouse and Astor with a Village outing. Really appreciate the referral to Mr Sachs and look forward to hearing his personal recommendations and tasting notes.

For midtown-ish, I will visit Garnet a few more times. I know that they are popular, I need to get to know them a bit better.

I forgot about Gotham; that's another popular name. When I was in the neighborhood and popped in, though, I thought their prices didn't seem so special or anything. That said, the store certainly seemed busy for a weekday evening. I'll have to check them out again.

I will definitely check out PJ Wines. I guess I'll shop online, unless there's reason to make the trip uptown. A good reason in my book would be if there are some attractive food options in the area ..?

Sep 30, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Wine merchant with good prices and selection

I don't visit Acker Merrill regularly and didn't think of checking for good sales / specials. I just frequented 67 Wines regularly, and I guess Acker came across as kind of high-end and pricey, if that makes sense.

I think I've been to Gotham before but never Beacon (though I pass by it). Will have to check them both out - thanks!

Sep 22, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Wine merchant with good prices and selection

Thanks, I actually shopped at Garnet recently. They had a particular wine I was looking for. I found the store kind of cramped, but I've also heard good things about them. I'll have to give them another try.

Sep 22, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Wine merchant with good prices and selection

I've shopped at 67 Wine for years. I recall some 'hounds said their prices were high and preferred to shop elsewhere. I stuck with them for convenience and because their prices seemed reasonable, on average, for the wines we bought.

I'm ready to move on now. They just appear too disorganized at times, especially after the recent remodel of the store. Not sure if they are under new management or what, but I just had another bad experience with a purchase (the logistics of the purchase, not the wine itself), that makes me feel that it's time to bring my business elsewhere.

We tend to buy inexpensive wines (under $20) and are open to trying different kinds (reds, whites -- largely but not exclusively European (Italy, France, Spain), American).

Any recommendations for where to shop? We're fine with shopping in-person or online and having the wine delivered, if that makes a difference.

Thanks!

Sep 22, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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!

Sep 17, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Amy's Bread

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

Sep 15, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Pistachio muffins ... from Food Emporium ... Any reviews?

Excellent :)

Aug 21, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Pistachio muffins ... from Food Emporium ... Any reviews?

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

Aug 20, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan
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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
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

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!