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Catania Cafe on Atlantic Ave

I've returned a few times for the sweets--the "brioche" is delicious. It's has an interesting texture and is filled with chocolate custard with a touch of brandy or something like that. Also the croissants are wonderful--I had one filled with vanilla custard. The coffee's good too. i hope this place sticks around. The owner is really personable and you can tell he's very proud of what he's offering.

Jul 29, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

Catania Cafe on Atlantic Ave

Yes, a few tables.

Jun 04, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

Catania Cafe on Atlantic Ave

The prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get. The sardines were filleted and then stuffed in between 2 fish--an order was 3 pieces or 6 large sardines for $8ish. The anchovy/olive stuffed bread was $3. Nothing on the menu was particularly expensive. As for other items, from what i can remember, there were two varieties of Sicilian slices, more types of stuffed bread/pastries, a cauliflower/tomato dish, beautiful looking arancini, and a salad bar of sorts with roasted veggies among other things. As for sweets, there were an assortment of cookies and an interesting looking brioche. They had a more extensive menu, I just don't remember it all. Most things seemed to be prepared within the case, but there was a note claiming that all items were made on the premises. Anyway, it was good and tasted very fresh.

And, sorry to disappoint, but I don't think I recall any football paraphernalia!

Jun 02, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

Catania Cafe on Atlantic Ave

Has anyone been here to this little Sicilian cafe and bakery next to Sahadi's on Atlantic?

I stopped in yesterday and I was very surprised and excited with the offerings, although the selection is still quite small. I'd be interested to read anyone's reviews of the food, especially the sweets which i have yet to try, but look enticing. Even though I wasn't hungry, I couldn't resist getting 2 items--an anchovy and olive stuffed bread/pastry thing. It sort of looked like a fried calzone (please forgive me, I can't remember what it is called and I'm not terribly familiar with Sicilian food). It was really delicious. Salty, but not overpowering and with a greasy (in a good way), crunchy crust. I also ordered sardines which were stuffed with raisins and parsley (maybe nuts?), breaded and fried. These were spectacular. I'm still thinking about them and thankful that I still have half left in my fridge to have for dinner tonight. Anyway, I'd encourage others to try the place as it is definitely atypical for the neighborhood(s) and from my little sampling, it's also delicious.

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Catania
193 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jun 02, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

cambodian fish amok

hi all,
i made it to zabb elee last week and tried the har moek ($11). it was delicious--very mild, herby, eggy and slightly sweet. I highly recommend it if you are craving this sort of thing. additionally everything my friends and I orded at zabb elee was really darn delicious--from the deep fried pork to the catfish, to the incredible tender beef atop a salad. please try this place if you haven't.

May 31, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

cambodian fish amok

awesome. can't wait to give it try. as soon as i do, i'll report back. thanks, dave.

Apr 23, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

cambodian fish amok

Dave,
thanks so much. i'm up for trying the frozen haw moek, as well as the fresh at sugarbeets soon. i may also try to make it a version of it...in parchment? as for the trek to the bronx, i'll just have to make a day of it. i promise to report when i do.
cheers!

Apr 06, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

cambodian fish amok

I figured the Cambodian truck was my only possibility...i'll take your word on his version of amok.
I'm surprised i've not had the Thai version of this but I'm psyched to know it is within reach. I'll investigate the Khmer spots in the Bronx as well. Although, I'm probably in California more often than I'm in the Bronx as the subway ride is interminable.

thanks so much for your advice!
cheers.

Mar 31, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

cambodian fish amok

Hi all,
I recently returned from a long weekend in the Bay Area and, unsurprisingly, ate really well.
We had a particularly memorable meal at a delightful Cambodian restaurant in San Jose. I used to go to the old Cambodian place in Ft. Greene and liked it, but the offerings at this restaurant were way, way better. I never had fish amok before and I fell in love--coconut, egg, fish, ginger custardy, mousse-y goodness steamed in a leaf? Yes, please. Help me find this dish in New York!

Mar 28, 2011
bina in Outer Boroughs

One night in LA. Give me your picks.

next time, i will definitely check out Park's as i've read about it before, (probably on this board) or soot bull jeep.
I'm assuming AOC is different than the AOC(s) in NYC...if so i'd try it.

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AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Sep 13, 2010
bina in Los Angeles Area

One night in LA. Give me your picks.

i recently had one night out in LA last week and i wanted to dine somewhere that seemed very LA, so i decided against bazaar or mozza or some other places i thought i could easily seek out on the east coast (i live in nyc). i left it up to either omakase at one of the many excellent sushi restaurants or animal. i made the wrong choice!

i found the food at animal to be disappointing/subpar in comparision to several restaurants with inventive menus in new york, like momofuku, degustation, kuma inn, vinegar hill house, etc. and i'm not new york snobby--i'm well aware that LA has awesome food.

my friend and i ordered:
1. burrata with tomatillo sauce: tasty, simple, nothing new, burrata is delicious all the time.

2. pork belly sliders: high fat to meat ratio, even for pork belly, making for an overly mushy bite (and i really like momofuku's pork buns) and a bit too sugary overall, as the bbq sauce, slaw and brioche were all sweet. i still ate it all.

3. grilled octopus with chorizo: this was both puzzling and disappointing. the octopus was delicious and perfectly prepared, but was atop a dry, crumbly and bland chorizo that sadly didn't resemble mexican or spanish sorts. the chorizo was sitting on a very sweet pickly, oniony relish and it really didn't make very much sense in terms of melding the octopus and chorizo.

4. quail fry: this just made me sad, i should have known better. quail is a tiny bird. deep frying and breading pretty much masks all the taste of the bird, it was a bit like eating miniature chicken wings, minus flavor. the greens and grits were buttery and good, but nothing special and the few chips of bacon were sort of a side note. i didn't understand it at all.

5. panna cotta. yum.

6. the wine was really the highlight of the meal, but at $50/bottle, i didn't feel like splurging for another one (and i couldn't because they liquor license doesn't allow wine after 11 pm on weekdays. strange).

the food is reasonably priced and we were both full. also, the service was really good and friendly and the restaurant had a nice warm feel/vibe. it's a nice experience if you are less excited by actual taste/flavors and more about interesting ingredient combos or presentation. otherwise, i think you'll find a better meal suggestion elsewhere on this board.

anyway, that's my two cents. i managed to also eat spectacularly yummy lunches at jitlada and monte alban, which totally made up for the average meal at animal.

next time, it will definitely be omakase or korean bbq...

Sep 09, 2010
bina in Los Angeles Area

SUPER BOWL...What's on your menu

i love this thread. i geek out a little every superbowl, but especially with desserts--a cupcake to represent the team, sans food color if i can help it. this year for the colts i'm either doing mini blueberry cheesecakes in cupcake tins/paper OR a nice vanilla cupcake, filled with blueberry preserves and frosted with a brandied cream cheese frosting. the mini cheesecakes may be a little easier. (the saints are getting a bourbon st bourbon cupcake--a much easier decision).

Feb 04, 2010
bina in Home Cooking

Fresh tortillas in Brooklyn

I think that's what I was planning on doing. With all the great taco joints, I'm sure I can't go wrong in search of tortillas.

thanks Tay.

Sep 06, 2007
bina in Outer Boroughs

Fresh tortillas in Brooklyn

I'm having a little dinner party this weekend and I wanted some fresh (preferably) corn tortillas to serve. Any suggestions as the best place to find them? I live reasonably close to Sunset Park, so I was going to head there, but if anyone knows any specific great places to buy tortillas (not necessarily in SP), I would love to know. thanks!

Sep 05, 2007
bina in Outer Boroughs

Best BBQ in Kansas City

I was born and raised in KC, but I currently live in Brooklyn and I am often dismayed by what NYC has to offer bbq-wise. With that said, I really miss Arthur Bryant's beef brisket sandwich. The meat is perfectly smoked, usually not over-fatty and the sauce is genuinely one-of-a-kind. And, personally, I like it better in the restaurant than in the bottle. Everyone knows Bryant's, but that doesn't make it overrated. It is delicious and as KC-style as you can get. Gates does decent burnt ends. LC's has wonderful fries. And Jack Stack is terrific, but clearly everyone on this thread thinks so as well. Have fun and eat well!

Feb 16, 2007
bina in General Midwest Archive

HONEY?

after a recent trip to istanbul, i'm absolutely sold on turkish honey...there are several varieties. i wish i knew the floral variety that i've brought back with me, but i can say that it's very thick and has a wonderful smokiness to it. i have acquire a Fage 2% + turkish honey addiction. I also add a few drops of vanilla extract and sprinkle of cinnamon. it's heavenly!

Jul 17, 2006
bina in General Topics