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Chile en nogada in Pgh?

Yes, I've seen some of the recipes online. The one from mija looks really great. But unfortunately I don't have time right now to make them. Maybe someday.

Sep 17, 2011
annaesm in Pennsylvania

Chile en nogada in Pgh?

It's OK :)

We won't make it to Columbus this weekend, but will definitely keep in mind Mexican places there for the future.

Sep 17, 2011
annaesm in Pennsylvania

Chile en nogada in Pgh?

Thanks, ninrn. DC is too far, sadly. If we end up going to PIttsburgh, I will definitely give Las Palmas a call.

Sep 16, 2011
annaesm in Pennsylvania

Chile en nogada in Pgh?

OK, I know this is a long shot. In honor of Independence Day, is there anyplace to get Chiles en nogada in the Pittsburgh area? I am in Wheeling, but am more than willing to drive to Pgh.

Thanks.

Sep 16, 2011
annaesm in Pennsylvania

What kind of squash is this?

Thanks all!

The closest picture on the glossary is the crookneck, but it has a straight neck. I guess they're bumpy yellow squash past their prime. I'll try one of the cooking methods listed, maybe a stir fry. I guess before I was thinking I could bake them like a winter squash.

Sep 09, 2010
annaesm in General Topics

What kind of squash is this?

Hello!

I bought this at a roadside farm stand (unmanned, so I couldn't ask). It's quite large, maybe 10-12 inches. Same color as a regular yellow summer squash, but hard like a winter squash. It's bumpy, too. I picked up three for a buck. is it a winter squash, or a summer one that's gone over the deep end? I couldn't find any online like it.

Thanks!

Sep 08, 2010
annaesm in General Topics

Pressure cooker question (manual)

Follow-up:

I ordered the SEB book, although from a vendor who had it cheaper than the one listed in lgss's post.

In the meantime, using a combination of the 1st manual from Antilope's second post, google translator, and Miss Vickie's website (http://missvickie.com/index.htm), I used the cooker tonight. I am now a convert to the wonders of pressure cooking! I cooked a bunch of chickpeas in 25 minutes (they were actually slightly overcooked), and in a separate batch, made a vegetable stew: first I browned garlic & ginger, added spices, and put in a bunch of hard veggies like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, parsnips, and a few softer ones like eggplant and cauliflower. Once it got up to pressure, I left it on for a mere 6 minutes, and it came out perfect.

All hail the SEB pressure cooker!

Dec 30, 2009
annaesm in Cookware

Pressure cooker question (manual)

Thanks again!

I will look at those manuals when I have a chance with the translator, and probably buy the book also.

(I love "Never open the pot with a vengeance. Make sure the pressure
Domestic fallout." and "Do not use your pot for a purpose other than that which it is
destiny.")

I definitely think that google translator is better. The one on my computer translated "super-cocotte" as "super-stinks."

Dec 29, 2009
annaesm in Cookware

Pressure cooker question (manual)

Thanks a lot to all. I will see what I can figure out with that manual in French. That machine looks a lot newer, but maybe it's similar. And maybe I'll check out that book on ebay (it's a bit more than I want to spend).

Anna

Dec 28, 2009
annaesm in Cookware

Pressure cooker question (manual)

I have this pressure cooker. It's a SEB. I cannot find the model number but it looks to hold about 2 gallons or a bit more. The literature it comes with is in French, and it seems to be instructions on how to attach the handles, etc., not an actual manual.

Does anybody know where a manual might be downloaded, or barring that, general instructions that would work for the cooker?

Thanks in advance!

Dec 28, 2009
annaesm in Cookware

Tree NYC

I've been a bunch of times, having relatives who live nearby. We've gone for both brunch and dinner, and found both to be quite good. The garden out back is really cute, and the whole thing is covered, so it's usable this time of year, too. Last time we went was for brunch about 2 weeks ago. I had the caramelized onion tart, which I really like a lot. I usually have either that or the burger for brunch, as I don't like egg dishes (I know--bad idea to go to brunch!). The burger is always solid. The fries are really good too, very crispy and hot. My father-in-law has the French onion soup every single time--he swears by the stuff. My own favorite app. is the tuna tartar over a potato galette. In fact I had it instead of an entree last time I went for dinner. The potato galette is super crispy. And I also really like the salmon over spicy lentils for an entree. The salmon is good, but I love the lentils. I keep trying to make them at home, unsuccessfully. Every time I've been the service has been fine--doesn't stand out, but not a problem either. Overall, I'd say Tree is a nice little place.

Nov 02, 2008
annaesm in Manhattan

Looking for fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves in Nassau or Queens...

I cannot swear that they have them now, but the last time I was at V&T supermarket on Franklin Ave. in Hempstead (which was a while ago), they had the frozen ones.

Jan 24, 2008
annaesm in Outer Boroughs

Cold-weather Drinks from Around the World

In response to the blog entry about sahlep, in addition to Güllüoglu that you mentioned, I had it at a hookah cafe in Astoria called Layali Beirut. That was the first time I had it, so I can't vouch for its authenticity (or how it compares to Güllüoglu), but I loved the stuff. I've been looking without success for a way to get the powdered root (not the mix, which I hear is awful) so I can try it at home.

Jan 16, 2008
annaesm in Manhattan

BEST PIZZA ON LONG ISLAND

I'll put in another vote for Umberto's in NHP. We live in the Bronx now, but always try to stop by Umberto's when we visit Mom. Haven't tried the Grandma, though. But fortunately, we're going out there tonight! They also have a great sandwich, Umberto's favorite: chicken, broccoli rabe, and hot cherry peppers. Yum.

Jan 06, 2008
annaesm in New York State (exc. NYC)

German Food...

I went there in the summer, but only to the beer garden in the back. We had wurst sandwiches, which were perfectly acceptable. In the back, it's a fun atmosphere, and the beer is good.

Note that you might be better off posting on the suburban board. It's actually in Nassau County.

Jan 06, 2008
annaesm in Outer Boroughs

Sahlep, Salep, Saloop, Sahleb, Sachlav?

Thanks!

Have you tried this brand? I should have mentioned in the original post that one of the friends last night (who grew up in Israel, where they also have Salep), said she tried making it from a mix and it came out awful.

Dec 30, 2007
annaesm in Home Cooking

Sahlep, Salep, Saloop, Sahleb, Sachlav?

So we went to this hookah lounge in Astoria, Layali Beirut, and I had this warm milk-based drink. It was thick and sweet, and topped with chopped pistachios, some kind of spices, and had raisins inside. You can "drink" it with a spoon. The stuff is amazing! It's spelled "sahlep" on the menu.

I've been looking it up online, and apparently it's made with a powder of ground-up orchid roots.

So my question is two-fold:

1. Does anybody know of a reliably good recipe for the stuff?

2. Where can the powder be gotten?

Thanks!

Sorry, didn't mean to post this twice.

Dec 30, 2007
annaesm in Home Cooking

Keeping cut tomatoes

Is there a good way to keep them, even for a half-day? So if I have half a big one for lunch, can I have the other half with dinner? How about overnight? What should I do to maximize freshness? These are quite ripe and meaty.

Sep 10, 2007
annaesm in Home Cooking

Bittman's Tomato Paella from 9/5 Times

I made it last night, and we liked it a lot. I had two gorgeous, large tomatoes from the greenmarket, and I think that made the dish. As far as saffron, I added what I thought was a large pinch, which I would estimate at about 1/8 teaspoon. I used half water and half canned Kosher chicken broth.

Sep 10, 2007
annaesm in Home Cooking

What happened to Hot Pita Juice Bar?

Alright, I know this is out of left field, but my favorite lunch place closed, and I was just wondering if anybody knew what happened to it? Not that I expect an answer, but...

The place in question is (was) a little hole-in-the-wall falafel and gyro (and fresh juice) place called Hot Pita Juice Bar at 11 Waverly Place (off Mercer). They had the best lentil soup, and I loved their spinach pita sandwiches.

I work at NYU, but am off for the summer. I was in the neighborhood and went to have lunch on Wednesday, and there's a new place about to open! Yikes! Any knowledge out there?

Aug 12, 2007
annaesm in Manhattan

Utz Crab Chips?

Thanks for the reply, Cheese Boy. I'll check it out when I'm in Chelsea. And I'll try the Cajun Crawtator if I run across them. And I'll keep searching...

Aug 12, 2007
annaesm in Manhattan

Good delivery in Staten Island

Tay makes a good point about catering, as a lot of the places in the neighborhood (I live right by there and work out at that gym) are quite small, and a 30-person order might be quite slow. In any case, you definitely want to order as early as possible. As far as Thai or Deli, there's nothing like that in the neighborhod, although Montalbano's (an Italian Salumeria) isn't that far away, but I have no clue as to whether they deliver.

As I look through my collection of takeout menus, the ones that deliver (and are close) are:

M&K Spanish Restaurant--190 Bay St. This is a Dominican place that I really like a lot, their chicken soup is outstanding. But I would say vegetarian options are limited to maybe nonexistent.

Bay House Bistro--574 Bay St. in Stapleton. It's a sort of pan-Asian, Mongolian BBQ place. Not bad.

Chef Hong's--55 Victory Blvd. Very good corner-Chinese Takeout.

Top Chef JAmaican American Restaurant--3 Corson St. They claim to have free delivery, but we went once the week after they opened, and they had run out of everything. So I haven't tried the food, but hopefully they've got it more together by now.

The Polish Place--19 Corson Ave. Their food is really excellent Polish cuisine (pierogies, stuffed cabbage, etc.). They do list a few vegetarian options.

Honduras Patio--194 Bay St. I don't think they have any vegetarian options.

Daddy Doug's Pizza--70 Bay St. Daddy's Grandma pizza is really good, it's like a thin sicilian with the red sauce over the cheese, and a bit of basil.

And I'll mention Lakruwana--226 Bay St. Their menu doesn't say that they deliver, but it's a very short walk from Cromwell, and I really enjoy their food, and I'm sure they have some vegetarian options. It's Sri Lankan, and there have been several earlier posts on this board. They're closed on Tuesdays.

Finally, and gratuitously, for a cold beer after rehearsal, you can go over to Cargo, the outside of which is decorated with giant canaries eating people.

Good luck, and have fun!

Anna

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Lakruwana
226 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301

Honduras Patio
194 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301

Daddy Doug's Pizzeria
70 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301

The Polish Place
19 Corson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301

M & K Spanish Restaurant
190 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301

Top Chef
3 Corson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301

New Chef Hong
55 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301

Montalbano's
1140 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305

Aug 12, 2007
annaesm in Outer Boroughs

Utz Crab Chips?

Looking for Crab Chips and haven't run across them. I see the other flavors frequently, but not crab.

Prefer Staten Island or lower Manhattan (south of Union Square), but possibly willing to try other areas, if in the neighborhood.

Thanks.

Aug 07, 2007
annaesm in Manhattan

CHOW Veggie Burger

Any word on whether these freeze OK? Looks like a long process, and it's always good to make a double-batch for future use.

Aug 04, 2007
annaesm in Recipes

Soon-to-be-student here- need cheap eats!

I tried to go into Dojo last week, because I read on this board that the tofu burger was outstanding. But it had this really off smell that made me turn around and walk out. Is it always like that, or was it an off day? Or is that smell what it's supposed to smell like?

Jun 15, 2007
annaesm in Manhattan

Staten Island Bagels

We like Bagels by the Bay. It's on Bay St. in Rosebank right next to Aesop's Tables. It's not Ess-a-Bagel, but they're not half bad.

Jun 05, 2007
annaesm in Outer Boroughs

ISO decent, inexpensive weekend lunch within 15 min. of Lincoln Center

I was pleasantly surprised to see so many replies--thank you! So it looks like there is hope!

Apr 11, 2007
annaesm in Manhattan

ISO decent, inexpensive weekend lunch within 15 min. of Lincoln Center

I work in the Village and live on S.I., so am pretty clueless about this. There's a conference at the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham this Saturday/Sunday.

I checked the boards but came up with little. Is there anything worth going to within a, say, 10-block radius. We have 90 minutes for lunch and several are students.

Type of food is extremely flexible. The main criteria are location, quality, and cost.

Is there any hope?

Thanks in advance!

Apr 11, 2007
annaesm in Manhattan

nice cafe with wireless in Staten Island?

You also might try Every Thing Goes cafe. It's on Little Bay St., near Forest Ave. They are run by the Ganas people, and are pretty friendly. It's actually also a used bookstore that seems to have a good selection. I'm pretty sure they have wi-fi.

Check their website at www.etgstores.com.

Feb 19, 2007
annaesm in Outer Boroughs

sri lankan on staten island

Lakruwana is definitely not closed. I went there a week ago Sunday. They are on Bay St., one block past the Victory Blvd. intersection. Although not huge, they could definitely accommodate 8 people. I would guess the total dining room capacity is about 20. If you go on Sunday, they have the buffet. It's quite a deal at $10. I am not sure if you can order separately off the menu when the buffet is being served, but I think it might be possible, because when we were there last Sunday, a guy was eating what looked to be the Lamprias, which was definitely not on the buffet table.

Jan 25, 2007
annaesm in Outer Boroughs