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Wheat berries: Winter vs. spring

I buy wheat berries in bulk from the local market. I always get the "organic winter hard" berries to make a wheat berry salad. But I just noticed the last package purchased was labeled "organic spring hard". The grains seem to be slightly smaller, I think, but it's hard to say for sure. I thought maybe the store just changed the labeling, but the two packages seem to have different bulk bin #s.

Is there a difference between the two? Can I use the spring grains to make a wheat berry salad, will they have the same effect?

about 21 hours ago
uwsgrazer in General Topics

Kosher breakfast food

Thanks for all the helpful feedback. I'll probably head to Fairway. dyrewolf, I really appreciate your point about keeping the food wrapped in the original packaging, so he can see the relevant labeling and whatnot.

Apr 20, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Kosher breakfast food

I plan to bring a couple of breakfast cakes to work as part of a team event. I'm still undecided as to exactly what I will bring, but probably either some pound cake like stuff or maybe small danish.

One person keeps Kosher and I will obviously want to bring something separate and suitable for him as well. Looking for suggestions for reasonably high-quality Kosher breakfast foods, ideally that can be purchased the day before. As it's only one person, I'd prefer not to get an entire cake or anything, but it also shouldn't look too solitary / skimpy or anything.

Apr 19, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Brunch suggestions near Neue Gallery

The prospect of a wait, perhaps as long as 30 minutes or more, is a deterrent, in my book. In that regard, standing in line and eyeing those fabulous window seats with the gorgeous park view only to be offered some small table on the side is another downer. Sure, you can hold out for a window table but by then the time investment could be substantial.

Mar 24, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

No, I don't think it was Bustan. It was definitely an Italian place, and it's possible I read about over a year ago :-\

Mar 23, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

Nope, I know Ouest and was thinking that could work for this Friday's dinner. The main drawback is that we've already taken this relative to Ouest for a past dinner.

I haven't been to Ouest in ages! I wonder if it's still good / decent.

Mar 23, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

Osteria Cotta looks great. How's the noise-level in the upstairs dining room? The website shows reservations only for parties of six. We'll only be three and on a Friday night I imagine there will be a wait. Ugh.

We must be practically neighbors, dyrewolf, and West 80s sounds more appealing to me than Numero 28 at 92nd Street!

I just read about the new recliner seating at the 84th Street multiplex. Wild.

Mar 23, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

hmmm, maybe Numero 28 was it. I thought the place I saw had a more extensive menu, but looking more closely I guess Numero 28 is more than simply pizza. The menu lists salads, pasta and a limited number of secondi.

How is it, have you been to Numero 28?

Mar 23, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

Thanks, coasts! I did search Westside Rag before posting, but I couldn't find the place I was trying to think of.

So many places to choose from, just wish the odds of picking a winner were better … :)

Mar 23, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan
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New(-ish) UWS restaurants

I read about a couple of new places that I thought opened the past few months (okay, maybe more than that). One had Italian food, and I thought was on Columbus Avenue in the 80s, maybe; it was written up in the NY Times and made it sound like more of a neighborhood-type place (casual, tavern-like …).

Now that I need a place to go this Friday night I'm drawing a blank. Any ideas? Good Italian food or similar (i.e., basic food, nothing too adventurous …), entrees in the mid-$20s or so and manageable noise-levels to allow for conversation.

Mar 23, 2014
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Bethesda takeout - best seafood stew and best fried seafood

Yum. Maybe I'll have to find a way to get to Freddy's, after all. I love fried clams!

Note: The OP was to source foods for my father, where dining out isn't so convenient.

Jan 22, 2014
uwsgrazer in Washington DC & Baltimore

Battle of the Potstickers

Wow, thanks Oxalis. I'm not familiar with Kanpai Sushi. I like your idea of a progressive meal, though I will probably wait for warmer weather to execute on that suggestion. So for now I think the plan would be some tempura and gyoza, followed by treats next door at the bakery.

Jan 22, 2014
uwsgrazer in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bethesda takeout - best seafood stew and best fried seafood

Yup, you've got me figured out. What you described is exactly what i'm looking for. Will keep Mid Atlantic Seafood in mind for the future, but it won't work out this time around. Thanks nonetheless for the input.

Jan 20, 2014
uwsgrazer in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bethesda takeout - best seafood stew and best fried seafood

Thanks, monkeyrotica. Hhmmm, that "cowboy vinaigrette" sounds interesting.

Still interested in more recommendations, ideally for a combination platter of fried seafood or at least one restaurant that would offer the ability to buy individual servings of various fried seafood, e.g., oysters, shrimp, scallops …) and basically create my own "platter"

Jan 20, 2014
uwsgrazer in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bethesda takeout - best seafood stew and best fried seafood

I think Black's may be a good option for the seafood stew, but I'm wondering if there are others. I saw a post recommending Guardado's stew, though I assume this was a reference to their paella. Any other places worthy of consideration?

Though I realize fried dishes are not ideal for takeout, where should I look? Freddy's Lobsters & Clams' menu lists "clams strips". I'd be looking for whole clams, but ideally it would be fried oysters, shrimp and scallops.

Jan 20, 2014
uwsgrazer in Washington DC & Baltimore

Battle of the Potstickers

I've never heard of Passion Fin until your post. Anything else there to recommend that's at least a notch above "so-so"? Just want to avoid a special trip only for the dumplings (gyoza).

Thanks

Jan 20, 2014
uwsgrazer in Washington DC & Baltimore

Eataly: Manzo or Birreria?

I'm trying to decide where to take a friend visiting NYC to dinner. One possibility would be Eataly. SO and I went to the Pizza / Pasta restaurant over the weekend. We loved the food, though not the wait; Eataly was an absolute zoo.

Manzo takes reservations, but I was only able to book a table for 8:15. That's a little later than we would like, but my bigger concern is if they don't seat us on time. Birreria alas takes reservations, though not yet for my desired date.

What's the noise-level like at both restaurants? Is the food of comparable quality? I guess Birreria is more informal?

Edit: The dinner will be on a Saturday night.

Dec 10, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Wines to be delivered as a gift

Yup, Montgomery County! Doesn't look as if Total Wines ships there, but thanks anyway

Dec 03, 2013
uwsgrazer in Wine

Wines to be delivered as a gift

I would like to send a mixed case of wines as a gift. I'm basically looking for a place with a good online selection of budget wines ($10 or so) that will ship at, ideally, a reasonable price to Maryland and Tennessee. The Maryland location is just outside of Washington, DC, but it seems my go-to wine store, Calvert Woodley, doesn't ship or deliver to MD.

Given I'm buying inexpensive wines am I going to have to pay more in shipping costs than makes sense?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions

Dec 01, 2013
uwsgrazer in Wine

Please rank these restaurants

Have people criticizing Basso56 actually dined there? I did several years ago and enjoyed my meal quite a bit.

I recently mentioned the restaurant to friends (a couple), whose taste in and knowledge of food I respect, particularly Italian cuisine. They were very satisfied with their meal, so much so that it is an incentive for me to return sooner than later. They had the prix-fixe lunch, which seems quite good value; I don't know the extent to which this may have influenced their view, but I suppose if the timing worked, I too would try for a lunch visit, so I'm just wondering if 'hounds have recent experiences at Basso56 that I should factor in before I head over.

Nov 23, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

What is your favorite dessert place in Manhattan?

+1 for Artopolis in Queens. Nice quality and huge and varied selection. And you can even sit at a table to enjoy your food with a coffee.

Nov 23, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

Wow, a great description. Now, I'm really intrigued. Okay, I'm not expecting super-sized stuff, but do I need to prepare myself for tiny, tiny chocolates at $2.50 a pop?

Nov 21, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

Thank you -- I'll report back on my selections!

Nov 21, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

Yeah, I've bought stuff like the chocolate covered marshmallow and / or caramel at Li-Lac and enjoyed them.

I do like the idea of balsamic and also maybe smoked salt.

Will they provide a card that described the different chocolate varieties or will I just have to direct my relative to the internet for details?

Nov 20, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

Nope, I think yuzu and passion fruit would be fine.

Nov 20, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

Okay, my plans may change somewhat but I'm so hooked on the idea of Kee's that, if Saturday doesn't work out as described, maybe I'll just hit the Thompson Street location Friday after work instead.

The online chocolates menu is rather overwhelming. Personally, I love dark chocolate but I'm not sure of the gift recipient's preferences. Regardless, I'm hoping to get some recommendations from 'hounds on what to try or possibly avoid; at $2.50 a pop I want to select wisely!

I think I'll steer clear of the ones with peppercorns and maybe even herbs as well as the one with earl grey tea leaves. I've had Richart on a few occasions (years ago) and definitely didn't care for the herb aspect.

Nov 20, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Bistro Provence -- any recent reviews?

We finally made it to Bistro Provence for a Saturday lunch and had a very enjoyable dining experience. I started with the baby squid. The sauce with mushrooms were nice, but I was actually a little surprised at how tough the squid was, so tough it was kind of challenging to eat. On the other hand, SO's lobster bisque was outstanding and so delicious (what do you expect with all that butter and cream, I guess). I moved on to the Dover sole, a special that day, which was tasty and delicately prepared. SO's bouillabaisse was fuller-flavored and also nice. I think we shared chocolate cake for dessert, though I can't really recall now.

We were seated in the corner of the front room, adjacent to the windows facing outside. We had a nice view of the flowered garden area. I agree that the atmosphere could be enhanced a bit, but I guess I was also just content to have reasonable quiet and an uncrowded room.

Thanks for the recommendations urging us to go!

Nov 19, 2013
uwsgrazer in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

GCT would be fine, though in that case we would probably stop off on our way to the Morgan, rather than after. As you indicated, though, Kee's seems like a superior option to LiLac.

Nov 17, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

Thanks, kathryn! Kee's is a great idea. I've only read 'Hounds' rave reviews of her chocolates, and up until just now I never even knew Kee was a she. That could actually be a nice aspect for this particular relative.

Still open to ideas in case others have recommendations, but Kee's would probably work out fine. Thanks again.

Nov 17, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

I want to buy a gift for a relative I will see on Saturday. Ideally, I can make the purchase after I visit the Morgan (36th & Madison) and head to Penn Station. I'm thinking of a box of chocolates (where you select the pieces, as opposed to prepackaged), though I'm open to other ideas as long as there's a reasonable shelf life, i.e., not something that has to be eaten within two days. I guess I was thinking of ~$25 to $35 in price, though I'm not fixed on that.

Thanks.

Edit: I'd like to get something somewhat *special* as this will be a birthday gift.

Nov 17, 2013
uwsgrazer in Manhattan