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Anchovies packed in salt; where can I buy?

I'm looking to purchase anchovies packed in salt and was wondering if anyone would know where I can find them in Manhattan. Thank you!

Jun 09, 2008
snoangel in Manhattan

Baking dairy free??? Help!

I use applesauce in place of butter and oil when I bake, and I've been happy with the results. It doesn't quite work with everything (like when making a graham cracker crust), but it generally does the trick for me.

Feb 24, 2007
snoangel in Home Cooking

margarine substitute for graham cracker crust?

I made dessert bars (magic bars, to be specific), and it calls for a graham cracker crust. I've been using substitutes to make things healthier, such as a lower calorie substitute for the condensed milk, and I tried using applesauce instead of margarine to make the graham cracker crust. The outcome was not bad, but not what I had hoped; it was moist, which I didn't mind, but the taste was off...not very flavorful. Can anyone suggest any modifications I could make to retain a healthier version? I was thinking of adding powdered butter (like Molly McButter) but didn't have enough. And advice would be very appreciated!

Feb 14, 2007
snoangel in Home Cooking

Indian buffets in Jackson Heights

I recently went to Delhi Palace for their lunch buffet and was terribly disappointed. Everything tasted so bland (and I don't mean just a lack of heat, I mean lack of flavor), even the basmati rice (couldn't taste or see any spices). The tandoori chicken looked lovely, nice color and size, and was cooked well, but had absolutely no flavor. In some of the dishes, I remember the distinct taste of salt, and I don't remember that as the first flavor I noticed in any Indian food I've ever had before...very strange! And the naan...I love naan, and it's one of the things I look forward the most to when I have Indian food, and their naan was thin, no fluffiness, and again, bland; it was more like pita. The poori had a sour/bitter aftertaste. I did enjoy two dishes, the chicken makhanwala (creamy tomato sauce; surprisingly flavorful relative to everything else), and an okra dish (forgot the name). I've read so many positive things about this place on here, which is why I chose it over Jackson Diner, that I really wanted to like it. Perhaps I just went on an off day? I think I'll give Indian Taj a try next and then Jackson Diner.

Jul 29, 2006
snoangel in Outer Boroughs

Harlem...where to go for Southern/Soul Food

I recently went to Charles Southern and loved it. The dining area is small and plain, but the staff was friendly, and it's all about the food there. The fried chicken was the best I've gotten in NYC since moving here (big pieces, good seasoning), great beef ribs that rivaled the chicken as my favorite item that day, great mac n cheese (not the best I've ever had, but the best in NYC I've had), and insanely good cornbread (dense and moist). Everything I tried on the buffet was great, and I barely saved room for cake...I'm glad I did! Their german chocolate cake was moist and flavorful without being too sweet. The only criticism I have is that their sweet tea and lemonade were too sweet, but it could have just been the day I went because I haven't heard/read this from anyone else. For $9.99 for the lunch buffet and $11.99 for the dinner buffet, I thought it was an exceptional value, and I can't wait to go back...I think about that dang cornbread way too much!

Jul 25, 2006
snoangel in Manhattan

romantic lunch & dinner in Boston proper?

But it would be easier to get a last-minute table on a weekday night, right? I'll be having dinner on Wednesday night. I am glad you mentioned reservations...I totally forgot about that part!

Jul 24, 2006
snoangel in Greater Boston Area

romantic lunch & dinner in Boston proper?

Thanks so much for everyone's suggestions! Now I really, really wish I had more than just two days in Boston! I looked up the menus for every restaurant mentioned here...you all have great taste! I'm bookmarking this page for future trips. Right now, I'm leaning toward No. 9 for dinner. I'm also considering Radius, L'Espalier, and Troquet. The location of Troquet with a view of the Common looks so lovely. We're going to decide on our train ride up. My boyfriend just mentioned wanting seafood, as we always seem to be doing Italian here, so thank goodness most of the places mentioned have at least a few seafood selections.

Jul 24, 2006
snoangel in Greater Boston Area

hidden meal deals in boston?

Are you talking about Shino Express? When I went the first time over a year ago (happened to just stumble upon it), I really enjoyed it. The last time I went when I was in Boston this past January, the sushi was definitely not as good as that first time. It wasn't awful, but I don't know that I would go back unless I heard otherwise from more people.

Jul 23, 2006
snoangel in Greater Boston Area

romantic lunch & dinner in Boston proper?

I'll be visiting my fave city for just a couple of days next week with my boyfriend; we're coming up from nyc (please don't hold it against me...i'm in ny for no other reason than my job!). My first priority is to find a romantic restaurant for dinner in Boston proper (we will absolutely not be traveling outside the area because we just don't have the time) that has incredible food (we're not big on red meat, so no steakhouses, please), great ambiance (dimly lit, no annoying music or cheesy decor, but not too pretentious or too trendy), and is upscale (don't mind spending $200 or so total). This will be our first trip together to Boston, so I want it to be special. My secondary goal is to find a similar type place for lunch, knowing that lunch just isn't quite as romantic a meal as dinner can be and that dimly lit is not a necessity.

I hope I'm not being too picky. I just want this to be special and for my boyfriend to love Boston as much as I do. My only culinary experiences with Boston were as a poor college student, so any suggestions are much appreciated!

Jul 18, 2006
snoangel in Greater Boston Area