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Manhattan food truck crawl-- Sat or Sunday

I went to the epic fail of a foodie event that was PARKED last Sunday, and -- still reeling from the disappointment-- now I *need* to organize a Manhattan food truck crawl. Help me plan the voyage!

I'll post the map when I have the plan of attack put together, and maybe you can come along!

What are your favorite food trucks? Do you know if they're around on Sat and/or Sundays? What neighborhood?

Are there any food trucks that are popular but you think really fall short of the hype? We should avoid those.

And let's keep this savory-- there is only so many flourless chocolate cakes I can eat, but dumplings are forever.

Sep 08, 2010
courtney.hami in Manhattan

Mangosteens in NYC?

like Miss Needle, I've purchased mangosteens in Flushing & in Chinatown. They generally come with tags saying "plant quarantine" so I presume they are legal on a certain level... but legality is besides the point... they're yummy...

I believe they're usually about $6.99- 8.99/lb and they are sold by the bag (often bags are 1.5 lbs)-- when they are sold (and as others have said it's patchy) a street vendor on Mulberry near Canal usually has them in Chinatown. In Flushing I've purchased them outside of the grocery store on Kissena blvd near Barclay ave. Note the flushing mangosteens were a terrible disappointment because they were old/ overripe. I recommend schooling up on how to pick 'em before you spend $17 on a bag...

In the meanwhile, if you're looking for an exotic fruit to hold you over, try pomelo from chinatown. It's like a cross between a grapefruit and a soccerball. good videos on how to peel them can be found on youtube...

Aug 30, 2010
courtney.hami in Manhattan

help me choose! - Motorino, Keste, Lucali

Boyfriend and I went to Lucali for dinner last night-- or at least we planned to... it's closed while the owners are on vacation from Aug 23rd (I know, great timing) to sometime in early sept. I didn't read the sign closely-- but that might help narrow your choices

Aug 24, 2010
courtney.hami in Manhattan

On the Go: Recipes for Homemade Energy Bars?

ooo mmmm SALT!

Apr 29, 2010
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Cafe Moutarde in Park Slope Closed

oo thanks for the suggestion. if you know anywhere with a) good risotto b) good scallops in a butter cream sauce, let me know!

Apr 28, 2010
courtney.hami in Outer Boroughs

On the Go: Recipes for Homemade Energy Bars?

Hi foodies,

I'm in a bind: hungry, no time on my hands, and getting sick of paying $1.50+/ "healthy nutrition bar" at the deli. Have any recipes for me?

No allergies, love nuts, BUT I'd like to try to make at least one of the ingredients local/seasonal (not easy in NY, right now only apples, asparagus, radishes, and spinach are in season... ewww spinach bars...) http://www.nrdc.org/health/foodmiles/...

Any ideas?

(I'll go for granola recipes too).

Apr 28, 2010
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Cafe Moutarde in Park Slope Closed

April 20th and still no movement. Anyone have any more details? I was addicted to their scallops in spinach cream sauce served over risotto (so rare to find a decent risotto in this city. you have no idea how attached I was).

does anyone know anything? I need my fat drizzled carbs!

Apr 20, 2010
courtney.hami in Outer Boroughs

Help: addicted to kale smoothie

I tried to skip the nut butter today and replaced it with (whole) milk. probably didn't produce a smoothie that was any more healthy... in fact, I imagine I upped the fat content by a good amount.. but it was kinda tasty, like a green vanilla smoothie. I upped the banana ratio to compensate for the lack of the nut butter:

large handful kale, 1 cup milk, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 pear, 1/4 cup pear juice, and 1 banana.

I don't think it will work with skim, but perhaps with 2%.

Mar 20, 2010
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Help: addicted to kale smoothie

Those sound awesome-- but what's the texture like in the Kale/snap pea and kale / goji berries blends?

I'm totally going to have to try adding mint this summer.

Mar 16, 2010
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Help: addicted to kale smoothie

Hey Dairy Queen, I'm with what good gourmet said- blend it raw.

I didn't know you could do that and make something edible either until Terri (vegan cafe associated somehow with Candle/ Blossom in NY) came to my neighborhood at work. about 8 days ago. when my addiction began.

At Terri they actually make the dry mix the night before and freeze it, which works pretty well (kale, pear, banana, nutbutter) and then only when they blend it do they add the juice and vegan milk substitute. It's good, but at $7 a pop, I have to start blending at home.

Mar 16, 2010
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Help: addicted to kale smoothie

Kary- the nutbutter and the banana create a thick smoothie texture that-- in my opinion-- coats the tiny blended kale so you don't really taste it. My boyfriend doesn't like it, but he says it's because it "tastes too much like banana" (seriously, that's his complaint, no mention of the kaleness)

Tonight I'm trying yogurt + pear juice + 1/2 banana + baby spinach + blueberries. It's okay, but trust me, it tastes like spinach.

Mar 16, 2010
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Help: addicted to kale smoothie

I've become a kale smoothie addict.

But here's the problem- I'm going on 7 days and I only know one recipe: kale, cashew nut butter, banana, pear, hemp milk, a little pear juice.

I also have 1 lb of baby spinach wilting in my fridge. Got any recipes for me? I can only blenderize (no juicer) and I won't eat anything that tastes too much like veggies.

help me!

Mar 15, 2010
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

cheap indian food in manhattan

My new go-to is Touch of India on 37th st btwn 7th and 8th aves, south side of the street.

They have an extensive veggie entree menu as well as a column and a half of dosas and other tastiness. Often, the restaurant is completely empty and the service is awful, but the servings are big and for the right price (less than $10 each/ veggie entree). I hear the chef used to be the chef at Dimple if curry hill (if you've lived here a while you'd know what I was talking about). To boot- it's only a quick skip and a jump to korea town where you can pick up some take out pre-prepared food at wooru jip.

Bonus for pregnant ladies? there's a yoga place with ma yoga classes across the street.

The food tastes great after a vinyasa, I can't even imagine how good it would taste after exercise when preggers...

Sep 26, 2009
courtney.hami in Manhattan

PANCAKES! in Park Slope Area.

I live on 4th Ave and 10th street, and I'm more than happy to walk a dozen blocks for good food.

I love pancakes, but with one caveat: due to blood sugar reasons, I should only eat buckwheat, oatbran, or whole wheat pancakes (though I do cheat occasionally for buttermilk). And no matter what, I have to eat the pancakes with plain (unsweetened) yogurt... Any suggestions?

I had an excellent plate of buttermilk pancakes at Stone Park with a side of Fage greek yogurt-- but it's hard to justify spending $18+ on a plate of pancakes.

All suggestions welcome (historically I've been a huge fan of the pancakes at Polonia in the East Village, but alas I don't live there anymore)

happy fourth and happy eating!

Jul 04, 2009
courtney.hami in Outer Boroughs

we've got salsa, now what?

I tried some of your suggestions-- I marinated some tiger shrimp in the salsa for 24hrs then cooked them halfway in a frying pan and used them in manchego/monterey jack quesadillas served with guacamole... yum!

also worked as good marinade for onion/spinach quesadillas.

Jun 29, 2009
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

we've got salsa, now what?

all of this sounds delicious. I hadn't thought about the indian idea, but that would probably work really well!

Jun 21, 2009
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

we've got salsa, now what?

i like!

Jun 21, 2009
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

we've got salsa, now what?

the boyfriend made some delicious (and painfully hot) tomatillo/ tomato salsa two days ago. And as much as I love using chips as a vehicle for the tomatoey hotness, there's just too much to go through via noshing.

So my friends-- what are your suggestions? We're open to everything creative involving fish or poultry, but I'm not a fan of the 4 legged animals, so sadly you'll have to skip the carnitas recipes.

Thanks! I look forward to hearing about your yummies!

Jun 18, 2009
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Must eats in Cobble Hill?

I'm headed to Cobble Hill/ Park Slope tonight. Any suggestions for good dinners for two for less than $20? (went to Song last time, loved it).

I'm fine with holes in the wall. Only requirements are delicious and chicken or veggie options on the menu.

Mar 24, 2009
courtney.hami in Outer Boroughs

Tacos in Chelsea, for lunch... today?

Hi all,

I'm have an uber craving for good tacos (hopefully cheap) walking distance from W20th and 6th ave. I'm looking for corn tortillas, and tasty ingredients. I only eat things with two legs or less-- so sadly I cannot look into any al pastor suggestions.

Let me know! (I'm getting sick of Moe's!)

Mar 11, 2009
courtney.hami in Manhattan

El Atazcon - new taqueria in the EV

I just signed on to chowhound to see if people were talking about this place. (no place for reviews yet on menupages... oh well). I've been to Atazcon twice this week... I'm somewhat addicted, though it's not entirely cheap as people say above (downtown bakery still takes the award for cost/value). I've had the shrimp tacos twice (yummy, though too much garlic the 2nd time), tortilla soup (good), as well as the hot coco and the guacamole (both are delish and well worth the $4-$6). My boyfriend gave the al pastor tacos a thumbs up.

Since it's been snowy and no one is leaving their apartments to try new things I've had the chance to talk with one of the owners about the restaurant both visits-- we spoke about portions and quality (two topics brought up here). He told me his theory was that he wanted lots of small plates, like in mexico, so that people can eat a variety of different things in one sitting and promised me that he chose top quality meats and that they were cooked fresh for each order-- hence the $3 tiny tacos.

like most people in NY I'm squeezing by these days and would love to spend less than $15/day total on food... I think Atazcon will be a weekly indulgence for a while... as a girl I can eat two tacos and a soup and be good for the night... good eating and let me know what you guys think!

Jan 19, 2009
courtney.hami in Manhattan

carrots: sauces, dips, recipes? strange sauce or dip for veggies?

I love the soup (the carrots make it taste creamy even though it's basically fat free). If you're moving into baking for winter, I also have a bastardized recipe for carrot cake muffins which i swear by. I posted it on my work blog, so, rather than cutting and pasting... you can find it here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/cha...

Sep 04, 2008
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

HELP! recipe for virgin Le Creuset 3.5 qt french oven

Indonesian ginger chicken? yum! definitely going to try that one.

Aug 17, 2008
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Peking Duck - URGENT HELP!

I've heard that the peking duck at peking duck house can be a little disappointing (mixed reviews)... look at this thread for alternatives: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/318500

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/257158

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/490901

Aug 16, 2008
courtney.hami in Manhattan

carrots: sauces, dips, recipes? strange sauce or dip for veggies?

For a Iron Chef type dish (that you know, celebrates the flavor of carrot) I like to do a spicy tomato carrot ginger soup.
butter/oil for initial saute
garlic
ginger
crushed red pepper flakes
shallots or a 1/2 a mild yellow onion
1 can of crushed tomatoes or 1 container of the pomi tomato puree (enough to just cover the carrots in a soup pot)
lots of carrots, chopped

take butter/oil warm in bottom of soup pot over medium heat. add finely chopped ginger, shallots, garlic, and a dash or two or three of crushed red pepper flakes. saute until fragrant/ onions are getting translucent. add carrots and toss them around in the pot. Then add tomato puree and a bit of water (use your judgment) and salt/pepper or a bit of buillon for depth of flavor. (ok fine, you can also use chicken broth). simmer until carrots are easily mushed with back of spoon.

puree soup in a blender or preferably puree the soup by using a food mill (italian: passa verdura).

serve.

Aug 16, 2008
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

HELP! recipe for virgin Le Creuset 3.5 qt french oven

Hey Chowhounders,

My lover (who, mind you, I now love appreciably more) just surprised me with a 3.5 qt french oven by LC, in red. meow.

So now the big question is... where do I start off?

I'm a dutch oven virgin, but willing to try anything and everything. I'm hoping to set the standard by making my first LC meal one to remember. Got any suggestions?

I LOVE duck, chicken, shrimp, risottos and and most veggies. only limitations: I don't eat anything with four legs. They creep me out. (no pork, beef, lamb, etc)

Please, give me all you got. With any luck, standards will be set high and I'll be driven to try them all.

Aug 16, 2008
courtney.hami in Home Cooking

Papusas [Split from Manhattan Board]

okey then.... if I can't find them in manhattan... where's your favorite place that serves them a subway ride away?

Jul 13, 2008
courtney.hami in Manhattan

Papusas?!?!?

I'm craving them. the gooey salty delicious salvadorean treats.

I've found them in williamsburgh, I've heard that they exist in park slope... but anyone know where i can find them in manhattan?

Last weekend I went on a tour trying all the mexican corn i could find in manhattan,.. just walking from restaurant to restaurant. I'd like to do the same with zucchini papusas-- so remember, there is no such thing as too many suggestions!!

(or home recipes ;)

Jul 04, 2008
courtney.hami in Manhattan

Nice Green Bo - still don't get it

my boyfriend loves the place... but the one time he took me there... let's just say that even he couldn't deny that it was worse than most chinese takeout restaurants.

he did claim that it was because we didn't focus heavily enough on meat dishes... but what can i say, sometimes you should judge a restaurant by its weakest dish!

Jun 24, 2008
courtney.hami in Manhattan

1 day in the city...just to eat...can you help?

oh yea and don't forget sugar sweet sunshine on the LES!

Jun 02, 2008
courtney.hami in Manhattan