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Next Food Network Star--Toy Cartoon--WTF [spoilers]

Aarti has a number of cooking videos on youtube. Look for her under Aarti Party. They are rather charming.

Jun 16, 2010
Val55 in Food Media & News

Is it possible to diet and...

IMHO, you should not be going on a "diet". 20-25 lbs is not a lot to lose. You should be looking at as making some lifestyle adjustments in order to be healthier. The lbs will follow. I see a diet as something that you are on or off and that does not encourage a healthy relationship with food.

Try starting with a food diary, then cut the low hanging fruit, so to speak. Hopefully, you will see some areas where you can cut calories or substitute something healthy for something unhealthy. Add a little extra physical activity, a walk after dinner or during lunch, for example. Eat less processed foods and add vegetables. It's summer, go to the farmers market or join a csa. Have fun with that.

Believe me, I know you want to see that scale go down, but it is a dangerous addiction. If you can trim 300-500 calories a day and add a little exercise, you should lose that weight in six months to a year. Considering how long it took to put it on, it is not very long.

If you go on a diet just to lose the weight, then go off again, you will only gain it back, usually with dividends and you will not have learned anything.

Just my two cents.

Jun 12, 2010
Val55 in Not About Food

Help! 8 couples, 4 kids for lunch Sunday, need to keep it simple and foolproof

If you are not up to the task of cooking to impress, people love a good deli platter with a choice of breads. Make or buy a salad and a nice dessert and an assortment of beverages and you are in business.

Jun 11, 2010
Val55 in Home Cooking

Smoked Pork Shoulder Butt?

Are you talking about something that is wrapped in a netting? We always boiled it and served it with mashed potatoes and a veg with horseradish or mustard. My brother, however, used to cut it up and put it in his pea soup and it was wonderful.

Jun 05, 2010
Val55 in Home Cooking

Citifield best choices?

I'm sorry to report that Blue Smoke no longer carries wings. It does have an outpost in the Promenade this year. The Acela Club is mighty tasty, if money is no object. I've enjoyed the fried fish sandwich from the seafood place as well, never tried their lobster roll.

Jun 05, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

Lunch on the Road from NYC to Baltimore

Some friends and I are heading down to Baltimore for some baseball the weekend of June 11. We would like to stop at a nice place for lunch. Seafood, crabs in particular, is a plus, but we are open to anything interesting.

We, and by we, I mean I, really want some great crab cakes during the weekend. We are staying at the Lord Baltimore in the Inner Harbor area. I have done searches and see that it is mostly touristy. I would also appreciate a recommendation for crab cakes that are reasonably convenient.

Thanks so much for your help.

How to Grill (Almost) Everything

what, no mention of pizza?

Jun 03, 2010
Val55 in Features

Looking for Really Good "Old Timey New York" Foods in Queens

Eddies sweet shop on metropolitan has egg creams.

May 18, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

2 Green Bell Peppers. Ugh.

I am not a fan of the green bell pepper, either. I find it much more palatable cooked. Diced and sauteed in olive oil together with onion, it forms the base form many delicious dishes. You could make a chili. I enjoy a chicken cacciatore.

May 09, 2010
Val55 in Home Cooking

Mother's Day on Metropolitan Avenue

Not the part of Metropolitan Ave you are talking about, but how about Uvarara if you are looking for Italian for Mother's Day.

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Uvarara
79-28 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11379

Apr 30, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

Pre-Mets Alternatives - Preferences or New Ideas?

I believe the Q65 runs from Main Street Flushing right to Southern Spice.

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Southern Spice
1635 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Apr 23, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

Pre-Mets Alternatives - Preferences or New Ideas?

EJC, Citi Field actually has its own Korean Fried Chicken at the World's Fare Market. I have not had it yet, but it is on my list.

Billy Bob, don't forget Mama's of Corona, if you are near Nixtamal. And Tournesol on the last stop of the 7 before Manhattan is one of my favorite restaurants. At that stop, also, there is Manducatis Rustica, and Manducatis and Manettas. I hope I am spelling everything correctly.

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Tournesol
50-12 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

Manducatis
13-27 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Manetta's
10-76 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Manducatis Rustica
46-31 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

Citi Field
Roosevelt Ave and 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

Apr 23, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

No more dark toast?

I like my toast only very lightly toasted. I have never expressed this preference at a restaurant or diner. I accept the toast the way it comes out for the reasons mentioned elsewhere on this thread. I prefer my homefries without green pepper. What am I going to do, ask them to pick out the pieces of green pepper? I deal.

Apr 17, 2010
Val55 in General Topics

Whole roast duck help

My favorite fool-proof recipe is five hour duck. The skin is crispy and the meat luscious. Except for the time investment, it's pretty low maintenance. Stuff the inside with some thyme and garlic, salt, pepper and once an hour turn it over and pour out the duck fat.

Apr 12, 2010
Val55 in Home Cooking

Non HFCS coke

Fresh Direct was able to deliver it to me on Sat this week.

Apr 07, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

What to Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

Treflai (potato pie) from the NY Times: http://events.nytimes.com/recipes/604...

Mar 31, 2010
Val55 in Features

What to do with Kraft American Cheese singles?

My dog likes cheese of all kinds as well, especially anything stinky. But fortunately he still enjoys good old american!

Mar 26, 2010
Val55 in Cheese

Roasting Beef Ribs?

A recipe for salt and pepper ribs from Blue Smoke via the Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/mag...

Mar 26, 2010
Val55 in Home Cooking

What to do with Kraft American Cheese singles?

Doggie treats!! They are like crack for dogs. Really good for training. My dog would solve quadratic equations if there was a slice of american cheese in it for him.

Mar 25, 2010
Val55 in Cheese

new citifield eats

Korean fried chicken! Veggie dogs! A Gluten-Free Stand!

http://www.scoreboardgourmet.com/mets/

also

http://www.tedquarters.net/2010/03/24...

Mar 25, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

"Dinner and a Show" Question

I like broadwaybox.com, which is a compilation of discounts. If you find out what kind of food the travel companion is interested in, do a search for pre-theater offerings. Any restaurant within shouting distance of the theater district is aware of time constraints. Absolutely stay away from packages.

Mar 23, 2010
Val55 in Manhattan

Moving to Queens for 1 month - need recommendations for must-try places

I agree with Jeff in everything but his pizza rec. If you are looking for pizza, I would go to Nick's in FHills for a pie and Amore's in Whitestone shopping center for a slice.

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Amore Cafe
8434 164th St, Queens, NY 11432

Mar 23, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Queens for 1 month - need recommendations for must-try places

Southern Spice in Flushing for Indian.
Sapori d'Ischia in Woodside for Italian (preferably on a Thursday night when they have opera)
Empanadas del parque, Corona
Shake Shack, Citifield
Tournesol, French, LIC
Andy's, Taiwanese, Rego Park

You can park fairly easily at all of the above (except for Citifield)

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Sapori d'Ischia
55-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Tournesol
50-12 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

Southern Spice
1635 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Woodside Cafe
60-06 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Mar 23, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

Study Says Fat is the Sixth "Taste"

I have always loved the taste of fat. I love butter, the fat on meat (lamb fat, yummm), don't get me started about chicken or duck skin. I have always said that I fave a fat tooth.

Mar 19, 2010
Val55 in Food Media & News

CSA Deliveries in Flushing?

I've never heard of a csa delivering either. I just joined a new csa in Glendale. I like that pickup is on a Saturday morning instead of the middle of the week. It is affiliated with garden of eve farm. See http://www.glendalecsa.com

Mar 19, 2010
Val55 in Outer Boroughs

Lunch after Bliss-Soho

Thanks, I've never been. The pics I saw made it look tiny.

Mar 17, 2010
Val55 in Manhattan

Lunch after Bliss-Soho

Balthazar is a bit pricey for this crowd. Falai's menu looked interesting and at a good price, sorry to hear that about the service. Bread would also do the trick. It looks small, though. Would getting a table be a problem.

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Falai
68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Mar 17, 2010
Val55 in Manhattan

Lunch after Bliss-Soho

I am going to Bliss Spa in Soho with my (adult) nieces and sister-in-law on April 2. I am looking for an inexpensive but nice place to have lunch afterward. If there was anything decent in Little Italy, that would be perfect. I don't think they would be into Chinese or other Asian, unfortunately. TIA

Mar 17, 2010
Val55 in Manhattan

Picky, allergic, downer friends for St. Patrick's Day. Help.

It's actually a good thing that they detest corned beef and cabbage. That way, they won't feel they are missing out on the good stuff. And yet, you can get away with making it bc it's st. patrick's day. If it is not a sit down dinner with courses, I would suggest some irish smoked salmon, which would stay with the irish theme and, except for the corned beef and cabbage itself, make sure the rest of the sides meet their requirements. So long as there is something nice for them to eat, and if they are lovely people, they will appreciate the effort that you have made to provide for them. If you go with cooked salmon, yes, you will have to make enough, so that anyone wants some can have it.

Mar 12, 2010
Val55 in Home Cooking

Small restaurant tipping etiquette

I 100% agree with Kater. It is not clear from the original post what kind of service is being provided, but you should pay for the service that is being provided, if any.

It is not analogous to not tipping the owner of a salon if s/he cuts your hair. The employee-beautician receives a portion of the cost of the cut and when the owner cuts your hair, s/he keeps the entire price (not that I would be comfortable not tipping in that situation either).

A waiter does not receive any part of the cost of the meal, so when an owner serves you, s/he is not receiving any more of less than if a waiter served you, except for the very minimal hourly wage of the server. The owner cannot charge more because s/he is doing the serving, but it still takes time away from his/her other duties. A tip is really a part of the cost of the meal. The cost of service is not built into the meal itself, which has a relatively small profit margin. If you like this restaurant and want it to stay in business-tip!

Mar 07, 2010
Val55 in Not About Food